Hospital Wear Test Shows 98% of Healthcare Workers Prefer Uniforms
with TorTex™ Fabric Powered by 37.5® Technology During Summer
HealthTextiles, a leading innovative manufacturer that combines the latest technologies with heritage craftsmanship for world-class production of PPE, today revealed the results of a recent hospital wear test in Portugal.
The survey was conducted with a multidisciplinary team at Hospital de Cantanhede during the summer of 2021, the same facility that tested HealthTextiles uniforms earlier this year as part of this autumn survey.
“Our north star mission at HealthTextiles is to improve the lives of healthcare professionals and help keep workers and their patients safe and comfortable. Bringing innovative new technologies to the healthcare uniform market is just one of the ways we are striving towards this goal, and we are grateful to our partners at EIT Health, EIT Health catalysts in Portugal, 37.5® Technology and the teams at Hospital de Cantanhede and Domus Vida Parede Residence for their support in this journey with the two wear tests during the pandemic” said Tomas Persson, Chairman, HealthTextiles.
The uniforms were tested by 40 professionals from all areas of healthcare — including nurses, doctors, psychologists, operational assistants, and therapeutic technicians. Overall, HealthTextiles passed the wear test with distinction, with 98% (or 39 out of 40 participants) preferring TorTex™ uniforms over their current uniform — versus 73% in the late autumn survey.
Participants were asked 7 comfort related questions comparing a TorTex™ uniform with 37.5® Technology to the hospital’s current uniform. On average, participants felt more comfortable in the TorTex™ uniform in 5 out of 6 areas related to comfort: sensorial comfort, temperature regulation (hot and cold), dry times, and overall comfort.
98% of participants (39 out of 40) preferred the TorTex™ uniform with 37.5 Technology to their current uniforms.. There was a statistically significant difference in overall comfort of the TorTex™ uniform with 37.5® Technology when compared to the non 37.5 uniform. On average, participants rated the TorTex uniform with 37.5®Technology as far more comfortable than current uniforms.
On average, participants felt more comfortable in the TorTex™ uniform with 37.5® Technology in 5 out of 6 areas related to comfort: sensorial comfort, temperature regulation (hot and cold), dry times, and overall comfort.
Participants reported increased comfort in both warm and cool environments in support of 37.5® Technology’s ability to aid thermoregulation across a range of climates and help create a more balanced temperature feel.
There was a statistically significant difference in the sensorial comfort rating where participants rated the TorTex™ uniform with 37.5®Technology as softer when compared to their current uniform.
Temperature feel in cool environments
A statistically significant number of participants rated feeling more comfortable and less cold when wearing the TorTex™ with 37.5®Technology uniform as compared to the current uniform.
Temperature feel in warm environments
During the hottest part of the day, healthcare workers rated their feeling of warmth in the uniform, with the TorTex™ uniform with 37.5® Technology showing a statistically significant difference in helping participants maintain a more comfortable and ideal work environment as compared to the current uniforms.
Speed of drying if wet
There was a statistically significant difference in how quickly the TorTex™ fabric with 37.5®Technology dried when compared to the participants’ current uniform. Participants rated the TorTex™ fabric with 37.5 Technology as faster drying when wet.
Interviews may be coordinated upon request. Copies of the certification documents, scientific studies, research, photographs, and graphics are available.
HealthTextiles is a leading Swedish manufacturer with a mission to save lives and decrease costs for the healthcare sector by developing innovative new healthcare uniforms and textiles. Offering unique anti-bacterial uniforms with Swedish quality and design, their uniforms can be found in hospitals, health clinics and care homes across Europe, with the company set to expand globally in 2021. HealthTextiles is supported by EIT Health.
Tomas Persson, Chairman
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