Bioplastics, nanoparticles enhance germ-fighting in hospital garb

11/02/2012

Nanoparticles, bioplastics, and an enzymatic pre-treatment are being used by Spanish researchers to enhance the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles.

The process developed by researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is used to create completely sterile antimicrobial textiles that help prevent hospital-acquired infections. The research was carried out within the framework of the European SONO project and involves a consortium of 17 companies and research centers.

The purpose of the SONO project is to develop a pilot line for the production of medical antibacterial textiles. One of the goals is to develop medical garb that doesn't carry germs, such as E.coli, staphylococcus aureus, and MRSA....
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