Copper-Coated Uniforms Could Kill Infection in Hospitals

Uniforms brushed with tiny copper nanoparticles reduce the spread of bacterial infections in hospitals.

Uniforms Laced with Copper / Image: University of Manchester
Uniforms Laced with Copper / Image: University of Manchester

According to a recent article from Manchester, physicians’ lab coats could be getting an upgrade that would make them more resistant to bacteria. A team of material scientists at The University of Manchester worked in tandem with Chinese universities to develop a composite material containing antibacterial nanoparticles. They’ve also created a way to bind the composite to textiles like cotton and polyester so that it can be used in a uniform application.

In addition to antibacterial properties, the material is also durable and washable, making it ideal for garments that must withstand significant wear in an active work environment. The team tested the copper-coated fabrics against Staph and E. coli, and the material showed excellent antibacterial resistance, even after 30 washes. One doctor involved in the development noted that some companies have showed interested in developing the technology, and the team hopes to commercialize it within a couple years.

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