RTP-Based Antimicrobial Textile Company Offers Prototypes for Use by World Medical Mission
Research Triangle Park, NC, August 18, 2014 — PurThread® Technologies Inc. is donating 1,500 sets of medical scrubs and 400 privacy curtains to World Medical Mission, the medical outreach arm of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse®.
The scrubs and privacy curtains are prototypes of PurThread’s antimicrobial textile technology, part of the company’s expanding line of durable antimicrobial textiles that reduce odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. After being delivered to Samaritan’s Purse, they will eventually find their way into the hands of dedicated volunteers in medical clinics and field operations across the world.
PurThread Medical Director, Russ Greenfield, MD, oversees the handoff of scrubs and curtains to Samaritan's Purse
“We’re honored to give these scrubs and curtains to an organization doing such courageous, necessary work for our neighbors near and far,” said Russ Greenfield, MD, Medical Director for PurThread. “These selfless volunteers deserve all the support we can give them.”
“PurThread’s goal is ultimately to help provide better and safer healthcare environments for patients and healthcare workers,” said CEO Lisa Grimes. “As we work to achieve that goal, Samaritan’s Purse is bringing much-needed healthcare to people now, in some of the toughest places on earth. We’re proud to offer our support.”
World Medical Mission is a project of Samaritan’s Purse that places volunteer medical personnel in hospitals and clinics around the world. It also provides medical equipment and supplies, such as PurThread’s donated scrubs, to medical mission facilities. Its network of volunteers work in some of the most challenging environments in the world.
PurThread Technologies Inc. employs proprietary, award-winning technology to embed Kodak’s powerful EPA-registered antimicrobial silver into the core of fiber. As a result, PurThread yarns intrinsically protect fabric from the effects of microbial contamination and reduce odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. Products made with PurThread range from healthcare textiles, such as privacy curtains, scrubs and lab coats, to freshness products, such as performance athletic wear, socks and gear for emergency first responders and the military. The EPA has not yet reviewed any public health claims for PurThread products. PurThread yarns are 100% Made in the USA. For more information, visit www.purthread.com.
About World Medical Mission
World Medical Mission was established by Samaritan’s Purse in 1977 to assist general surgeons who wanted to volunteer for short-term mission trips. Today, the Mission places volunteer Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. It also staffs a biomedical department and warehouse that provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies to medical mission facilities.