Nano Textile says it can make any fabric antibacterialJun. 19, 2016
Nano Textile has developed a technology that can transform any fabric into one that kills bacteria, the Ramat Gan, Israel-based company said in a statement.
The company said the cost-effective technology permanently prevents the growth of bacteria on both natural and synthetic fibers, can prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections and can reduce cross contamination between patients and medical staff, helping reduce secondary infections.
Any readymade textile is transformed into an antibacterial one by embedding zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles onto the fabric, the company said. ZnO is known for its antibacterial properties and has been approved by the FDA as safe. Nanoparticles of ZnO eradicate even antibiotic resistant bacteria such as Methicilin-resistant Staphylocossus aureus (MRSA), Nano Textile said.
Bacterial infections acquired during hospitalization are a major cause of illness and death. The World Health Organization has estimated that over 500 million people worldwide are infected during hospitalization, a high percentage of which are caused by highly resistant bacteria, such as MRSA. These infections not only take a toll of approximately 14 million lives worldwide per year, but also pose a significant financial burden by increasing hospitalization by eight days on average per affected patient. Hospital related costs in Europe alone are estimated at $12 billion per year, data provided by the company shows.
The new technology, which has been patented in the US and Israel and is awaiting approval in Europe and Asia, was developed by Prof. Aharon Gedanken from the Department of Chemistry at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, with funding of €12 million from one of the European Union’s research programs.