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

A consortium(3) of five companies, alongside scientists from across Europe, were selected to develop and market a new technology, maedical-i-link.png , 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 maedical-i-link.png


MOST COMMON MRSA* SITES

Tested site % of sites contaminated
Bed linen 41%
Hospital gowns 40.5%
Overbed table 40%
Floor 34.5%
Furniture, bed-rails, side-rails 27%
*Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Courtesy of Dr. S. Dancer's report

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