Florida Patent of the Month – January 2022

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers are often exposed to a variety of fluids and microbials throughout their day. Most scrubs and lab coats are ineffective at providing protection from these fluids. Those scrubs and coats that do repel fluid often have this hydrophobic quality on both inside and outside. This makes it uncomfortable when you start sweating since the clothes can no longer wick away moisture. 

Vestagen Protective Technologies, Inc. has designed a fabric which is both fluid-repellant and antimicrobial. The fabric is treated on the outer side only using a foam finishing process. Foam is optimal for treatment as a relatively small volume can treat a large surface area of fabric without soaking through to the inner side. The formula and application process results in a fabric that is soft to the touch, hydrophobic on the outside, and moisture wicking on the inside. The fabric can be used in a wide variety of industries but, thanks to the antimicrobial aspect, works great for healthcare, law enforcement, and athletics. The company subjected the treated fabric to testing to see how it holds up following multiple wash cycles and found the water repellent and antimicrobial aspects held up for well over 50 washes.

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