New ‘Self-Cleaning’ Surface Technology Improves Infection Control by Reducing Pathogens
Dallas, TX – A study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control recently confirmed the effectiveness of new technology in reducing the number of hospital surface bacteria by more than 99 percent at least eight weeks after initial application – essentially eliminating dangerous pathogens likeClostridium difficile (C. diff) from the hospital landscape.
Titled “Long-Term Efficacy of a Self-Disinfecting Coating in an Intensive Care Unit” and conducted by the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the study focused on SurfaceWise™ by Allied BioScience, a long-lasting antimicrobial surface coating that provides continuous disinfecting action when applied to almost any surface. SurfaceWise is the first technology of its kind to be proven effective in this capacity. It is an invisible coating that binds to surfaces at a molecular level, forming a protective shield that creates a hostile microscopic environment for pathogens. This makes it difficult for infection-causing microbes to survive. As surfaces are touched, therefore recontaminated, the treated surface itself reacts to fight the threat.
For purposes of this study, which was performed between May 10 and Sept. 30, 2013, the coating was applied to 95 sites in an ICU at a major Southern California hospital, and those test sites were followed during a 15-week period. In addition to SurfaceWise proving more than 99 percent effective eight weeks after application, overall bacteria levels − including that of C. diff., as well as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and carbapenem-resistantEnterobacteriaceae (CRE) − never returned to levels recorded before application, even at the 15-week mark. Before the application of SurfaceWise, antibiotic-resistant bacteria were found on one-quarter of the sites sampled. After application of SurfaceWise, no antibiotic-resistant bacteria were found on any of the sites for eight weeks. Continue>
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