A new method to eradicate nosocomial infections in hospitals

One of the main problems in hospitals is to create and maintain a sterile environment that will protect the patients from getting diseases from the contaminated objects around them. These types of infections are called nosocomial infections (urinary and respiratory tract infections, wound infections) and they could become very dangerous to the human body, since they are resistant to antibiotics and natural treatments.


A team of researches at EPFL have created a technique that might remove these superbugs for good. The study was published in Surface & Coatings Technology and it describes a method to develop stable and highly-adhesive antimicrobial films that can cover all the surfaces in hospitals. The technique is called HiPIMS, and according to its descriptions, it produces free radicals (natural bactericides) that will help to create a sterile environment.

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