St.Vincent First in Nation to Implement One-of-a-Kind Mattress Safety

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St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital unveils Trinity Guardion Bed Protection System to meet the needs of long-term patients.

St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospitals, long-term acute care facilities in Indianapolis and Lafayette, are the first in the United States to implement a new launderable mattress cover system using Indiana-made Trinity Guardion technology. The local company developed a one-of-a-kind antimicrobial mattress cover and laundering process to ensure the highest level of cleanliness and safety for patients.

“St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital is a premier long-term acute care hospital that treats patients with complex, specialized treatment programs,” said Troy Reiff, RN, chief operations officer at St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospitals. “Since we serve a unique population of patients who remain in the hospital for an average of 25 days, it is imperative that we provide the optimum environment as they journey back to a good health condition.”

The faith-based hospital worked for three years assisting in the development of the mattress covers and laundry processes through a clinical trial period, and are now the first two facilities in the country to implement the technology on all beds.

The new Trinity Guardian Bed Protection System works in two ways. The first layer of protection is the antimicrobial material that is used to make the mattress cover.

“The fabric contains silver ions encapsulated in ceramic carriers built into a polymer matrix to deliver an antimicrobial effect,” said Bruce Rippe, CEO of Trinity Guardion. “The material is unique in its ability to retain its antimicrobial efficacy after a laundering process. The antimicrobial feature of the covers reduces bio burden from the surfaces it covers – including both the mattress and the bed deck.”

St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospitals will replace mattress covers after each patient discharge or every 14 days. Used mattress covers are sent to United Hospital Services, a local Indiana launderer, who washes the mattress covers for the second layer of protection. The laundering process eliminates 99.99 percent of microorganisms. Mattress covers are then individually inspected for any breech, and repaired prior to delivery.

With this one-of-a-kind protection system, patients benefit from a mattress where no pathogenic bacteria can survive and also are not exposed to any residual chemicals previously used to disinfect the mattresses. In addition, the mattress covers provide a cooler, more comfortable bed surface for patients.

Dr. Edmond Hooker, associate professor in Health Services Administration at Xavier University, led independent research to determine the effectiveness of the Trinity Guardion Bed Protection System compared to current recommended mattress cleaning protocols. The research findings, based on the clinical trial at St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital, concluded that the launderable mattress cover system consistently eliminated 99.99 percent of bacteria.

“Together, we are establishing best practices for cleaning hospital mattresses and beds,” said Rippe.

St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital offers specialized treatment programs and aggressive clinical and therapeutic intervention on a 24/7 basis. The faith-based hospital provides care for patients often critically ill who require more specialized treatment programs and intensive nursing intervention.

Services offered range from ventilator management, complex infusion therapy, intensive respiratory therapy, complex wound care and infusion therapy. These types of services are offered for patients who are recovering from complicated strokes, renal failure, multi-system failure, pulmonary/medical rehabilitation, complex wounds and surgery and more.

St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital has been accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s premier healthcare accreditation entity, and has an overall patient satisfaction percentile ranking in the 99th percentile.

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About St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital
St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital is a long-term acute care facility, with two convenient locations in Indianapolis and Lafayette. Both facilities serve medically complex inpatients who require extended hospital stays of 25 days or more. In Indianapolis, the location encompasses a 66,000-square-foot hospital with 74 beds. In Lafayette, the location includes 30 beds. Both locations offer quality services including respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care and dietitian services. St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital is featured with modernized private rooms designed for specialized care for patients and families.

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