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HUGE Advances in Infection Control - Part 2 - Antibacterial and Antiviral Surfaces

Last week we discussed how Engineered Water has shown promise in advancing Infection Control. This week we will look at Antibacterial and Antiviral Surfaces. 

Antibacterial and Antiviral Surfaces: MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics. In the general community, MRSA can cause skin, other infections and death.

A USA TODAY investigation shows MRSA bacteria, once confined to hospitals, are emerging in communities to strike an increasing number of children, as well as schools, prisons and, even, NFL locker rooms: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/16/mrsa-infection-community-schools-victims-doctors/3991833/

Scientific evidence provides strong support indicating that contaminated hospital surfaces play a role in the transmission of pathogens (bacteria capable of causing disease and/or death) to humans, including MRSA. The ability of an antimicrobial agent, engineered at Emory University, to reduce bacterial bioburden on hospital surfaces was examined. The application of an antimicrobial coating saw a significant reduction of Staph aureus microorganisms—but not total bacteria count—were observed on hospital surfaces across a 9-month study. A targeted study of other organisms is needed but this antimicrobial coating shows promise in applications outside of hospitals, too.

The first antibacterial AND antiviral material is in development and should be available in the coming months. The material can be made in thicknesses from a plastic film to plastic cases for cell phones. The antiviral properties inherent in the unique manufactured materials would be able to kill bacteria (like MRSA) and viruses such as Norovirus, common cold, influenza and others.

Thus far I’ve only discussed antibacterial and antiviral coatings for hard surfaces. But a company here in America has developed similar technology in textiles. This isn’t an antibacterial fabric where silver or copper provide the killing action, but rather a quaternary ammonium compound (quat) on the outside surface of the garment, not against the skin.

This textile technology is currently being used to make scrubs and white coats (like the ones worn by doctors) so that MRSA bacteria are killed when they come into contact with the surface. The scrubs also repel dangerous exposures to body fluids (blood, urine, vomit) so the employee’s skin never comes into contact possible Bloodborne pathogens.

Then manufacturer states that their uniform bridges the gap between regular cloth uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As such, the company (headquartered in Florida) sent several hundred sets of these scrubs to the medical staffs battling the Ebola crisis in Western Africa in 2014 so that the dangerous exposure to body fluids was minimized.

Join us next week for the 3rd and final part of this series about Chemical Disinfectants.

To view the first part of the series about Engineered Water, Click Here

Guest Blog Post by Darrel Hicks: 

This post is part of an article Darrel wrote for ISSA Today. To read the full original article, Click Here

Pedagogy has partnered with the Green Clean Institute to bring professional development education for frontline staff that promotes proactive best practices within environmental health services operations.

Environmental Services Technician Certification program is an 12 month education program that once successfully completed offers your staff a certification.
Modules covered within the educational program are:
  • 600 - CITS Basic Cleaning 101
  • 601 - EVS Technician (Part 1)
  • 602 - EVS Technician (Part 2)
  • 603 - Patient/Resident Safety and Satisfaction
  • 604 - Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • 605 - Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • 606 - Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA)
  • 607 - Infection Prevention
  • 608 - Health Impacts of Cleaning
  • 609 - Cleaning Patient/Resident Rooms
  • 610 - Chemicals & Disinfection Knowledge
  • 611 - Clean, Green and Healthy
  • 612 - Surface Cleaning in Healthcare Settings
To see the education on environmental services cleaning offered by Pedagogy and the Green Clean Institute, click here.
Posted: 4/27/2016 4:00:00 AM
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