RepScrubs and US-based healthcare improvement company Premier have signed an agreement to provide more hospitals with one-time-use, recyclable surgical scrubs.

As part of the agreement, Premier’s direct sourcing subsidiary S2S Global will produce an exclusive line of RepScrubs for distribution to Premier’s alliance of hospitals and health systems.

A study conducted by the University of Arizona and published in the American Journal of Infection Control reported that “some 79% of unwashed operating room scrubs tested positive for gram-positive cocci”.

Furthermore, a study carried out by Duke University Hospital found new bacteria on nurses’ scrubs following their shifts, with Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA, the most common bacteria.

RepScrubs president and CEO Jeff Feuer said: “Surgical sales representatives provide a valuable service and are essential business partners within the healthcare spectrum, but the ‘street scrubs’ they often wear throughout the day while traveling from hospital to hospital may carry deadly pathogens that can pose a danger to both patients and the public.”

The RepScrubs system includes prepackaged disposable scrubs, an automated dispensing unit (ScrubPort), and a custom, time-sensitive badge and back-end reporting tools to provide clean attire for all surgical sales representatives entering a restricted area.

The prepackaged disposable Repscrubs are a sealed package of shirt, pants, two red bouffant caps, and a pair of shoe covers.

With the RepScrubs system, hospitals can ensure improved hospital security and fight hospital-acquired infections while adhering to sterile protocol and industry guidelines and better control and manage vendor access.