The antimicrobial virtues of copper are known for centuries, but it’s only been for a few years that science looks at copper applications against IN. Deservedly, by piercing the bacterial membrane, the positive copper ions reduce the lifetime of bacteria to a couple of hours, including the most popular ones (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile) in their most resistant form.
N-halamines: take care and paint !
Covering the door handles, handrail, bedside table trays or call buttons with copper has been achieved very good results. Thus, some scientists from United States suggest to improve also the walls, or rather to use any painting area for fighting against IN: “The idea of a wall coverings with bactericidal properties is not a novelty but, nowadays, it constitutes an active research way. In MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), a team developed a mechanically acting polymer, with microdots that pierce the bacterial membrane, and thus avoid any resistance.”
Others are interested in N-halamines, organic nitrogenous compounds bound to halogen, well-known as excellent anti-microbe. “The interest of N-Halamines is their broad spectrum. In addition to being effective against fungi, molds and viruses, paints incorporating N-halamines overcome bacteria resistant to many antibiotics such as the famous golden staphylococcus, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), _ which has become a major problem over the years.”
The resistance is organized around one of the most important sanitary fights at the beginning of the 21st century.
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