The incidences of hospital acquired infections are increasing at a staggering rate and this is calling for an action. Scientists have therefore developed a new way of battling against this. They have developed textiles that disinfect themselves, known as Surfaceskins. Tests have revealed that this textile can bring about reduction in bacterial levels as high as 90% and more.

The implementation of specially engineered textile in a device that is meant to be used over hospital doors as opposed to conventional aluminum door plate, which people push and pull to open or close, will help in increasing hand hygiene. With everyone touching the door several times, hospital doors are recognized as a weak link in terms of hygiene. Dirty hands of just one person are enough to pass it on everyone touching the door, spreading the contamination.

Surfaceskins Disinfects Hospital Doors by Dispensing Alcohol Gel

Surfaceskins has been developed by a spin out company from the University of Leeds after seven years of R&D. These antibacterial door pads dispense a small quantity of alcohol gel onto the pad when pushed, thereby disinfecting the surface and keeping it safe and ready for the next person to use the door. Surfaceskins is cost effective and incorporates separate non-woven textiles, which are to be replaced after seven days or around one thousand pushes. However, making use of surfaceskins antibacterial door pads does not mean that hand washing or the regular hygiene is not required. It simply is an extra line of defense and helps in keeping the hands bacteria-free.

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