Copper-infused hospital clothing could reduce risk of infection outbreaks, research finds

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(Natural News) It is likely that you come across many different sources of bacteria as you go about your life every single day. Fortunately, your immune system is working hard in the background to prevent you from catching most diseases caused by bacteria and viruses. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals face the exact same problems that you do in this regard, only they are exposed to even more bacteria sources than you.

As a possible solution, a team of researchers have devised a method of coating hospital clothing with a layer of material that possesses antibacterial properties, which can offer further protection. A report on the method states that it could be a practical solution to the problem of infection outbreaks at hospitals all over the world.

The special coating that can be applied to hospital clothing was developed by material scientists working at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with universities in China, who aimed to create a “durable and washable, concrete-like” composite material that can be applied to normal uniforms. The composite material is made from antibacterial copper nanoparticles, which is where the antibacterial properties come from. The researchers managed to make them work with cotton and polyester, a feat that used to be considered near impossible in the past.

Now that the method is out, exactly how effective is it? It’s extremely effective, said the researchers, and can be improved even further by reducing the costs and making the process behind its application even simpler.