HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTION (HAI)
In Europe, more than twice as many people die as a result of hospital acquired infections each year than are killed in road traffic accidents.
In 2007, a UK microbiologist published a report in the Lancet which found that 'bed linens, hospital gowns and tables were all a more common source of superbugs than floors',(1) as demonstrated in the table below.
The World Health Organisation states that textiles 'act as a microbial harbour and offer ideal conditions for the proliferation of superbugs'.(2)
THE EU NANOBOND PROJECT
of five companies, alongside scientists from across Europe, were selected to develop and market a new technology,
, which will chemically activate textile surfaces in order to improve the “linking” of functional molecules and enhance both the antimicrobial efficiency and the wash durability. The consortium is bringing this new linking technology to the market under the brand
MOST COMMON MRSA* SITES
||% of sites contaminated
|Furniture, bed-rails, side-rails
*Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Courtesy of Dr. S. Dancer's report
- (1) Infectious Diseases, Dr Stephanie Dancer, The Lancet, 2007, news summary -
- (2) Prevention of Hospital Acquired Infection World Health Organisation.
- (3) European research project FP7: project reference: 228490.
- (4) Validated by l'Institut Pasteur de Lille in the context of the European-fundedresearch programme.
- (5) “Trend in prevalentie van ziekenhuisinfecties in NL 2007-2009”, page 1 “Resultaten”.
- (6) www.senat.fr
- (8) Centre Fédéral d'Expertise des Soins de Santé, 2009.
- (10) Dreckspatzen in Weiß, Dr. Werner Bartens, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 23. Oktober 2008, S16
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