HOUSTON, April 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the shortage of personal protective equipment - or PPE - for healthcare workers. Accel Lifestyle is proud to announce it is supplying thousands of its Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Masks to Houston Methodist Hospital.
Accel Lifestyle is using its exclusive, anti-bacterial Prema® fabric to manufacture Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Masks, which are reusable and available to both the public and medical professionals. The Accel Prema Anti-Bacterial Face Masks have two layers of Prema® fabric, with excellent breathability. Accel Lifestyle is also manufacturing pediatric masks, surgical gowns and masks with a HEPA filter pocket for hospital workers.
Houston Methodist Hospital recently purchased 9,000 masks from Accel Lifestyle. Houston Methodist Hospital is among the hospitals leading the country in the battle against COVID-19 - recently becoming the first academic medical center in the nation to receive FDA approval to transfuse donated plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient into a critically ill patient.
"In an effort to reduce the risk of unnecessary exposures, or catching other illnesses that could take away a first responder, the Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Masks are helping our team add a layer of reusable protection," said Katherine K. Perez, infectious diseases pharmacist for Houston Methodist Hospital System and member of the RDV COVID-19 Team. "As shortages are imminent, this type of PPE is critical for healthcare workers and for patients to receive the best care. The last thing any clinician wants is to have to ration PPE across patient visits."
While initially intended to be a non-stink fabric for athletic wear, Prema® fabric - due to its antimicrobial properties - has proven to be popular with cancer patients and others with compromised immune systems. Although it's not an N95 mask, Accel CEO Megan Eddings is thrilled her Accel Lifestyle Prema® Anti-Bacterial Face Masks can help provide some level of protection against COVID-19.
"The fact that a hospital system that is on the forefront of COVID-19 is choosing Accel Lifestyle to create PPE is profound and humbling," Eddings said. "I truly believe we're all in this together and we all have a role to play during this pandemic. If Accel Lifestyle can help flatten the curve in any way, then we're going to do it."
Other hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann, and Texas Children's Hospital, are also looking at purchasing masks and surgical gowns manufactured by Accel Lifestyle. In addition, the Texas Medical Center hospitals are also independently testing Accel Lifestyle's Prema® fabric in their own infection control departments.
About Prema® Fabric
Prema® fabric was developed by Accel Lifestyle founder and CEO Megan Eddings. It uses a proprietary blend of silver-poly fibers woven with Supima®, the finest cotton in the world. It has undergone years of development and testing - focusing primarily on Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Even after 100 washes, tests have shown a 99.38% reduction rate of Staphylococcus aureus and a colony reduction rate of 97.44% of Klebsiella pneumoniae.
The Accel Prema Anti-Bacterial Face Masks are currently available. Accel Lifestyle has the ability to quickly produce over 90,000 additional face masks beyond their current stock. Inquiries should be made to [email protected].
About Accel Lifestyle:
Started by a creative chemist, Accel Lifestyle is the first ethical activewear brand for people who sweat and want to smell fresh. Combining proprietary science, fashionable fitness apparel for women and men, and an ethical supply chain, Accel Lifestyle is creating a movement for positive change. Accel's mission is to empower people and inspire them to "Accel"erate their lives by promoting confidence, making healthy choices and helping others.
About Houston Methodist:
Houston Methodist is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas and among the top 20 hospitals nationwide. Houston Methodist is the only nationally ranked Honor Roll hospital in the state and is designated as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing.
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