It’s no secret that today’s research and technology continuously allows us to discover new capabilities. However there is a secret out there than not many people have heard about until this year: antimicrobial apparel, which could be the next revolution in the medical field.
Although smaller-scale studies had been performed prior, 2012 was a big research year for antimicrobial apparel as several different teams of professionals performed many big studies. The results of the studies lead researchers to have hard time concluding whether or not antimicrobial, or germ-resistant, apparel was effective in resisting the spread of bacteria, specifically Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA. Now, two years later, professionals generally agree that antimicrobial fabrics, paired with standard hand-washing precautions and a hydrophilic fabric repellant, cease to harbor MRSA and organic material from body fluids. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), elemental Copper is the key ingredient as studies show that it kills 99% of bacteria within two hours of exposure.
With these new discoveries, more companies are coming out with antimicrobial medical apparel, such as scrubs and lab coats, while the companies who have already invested in the idea are perfecting their products. Previously, the science behind the antimicrobial scrubs wasn’t solid; the antimicrobial fabric, which contained traces of elemental Silver, would initially reduce the overall bacterial colony count only to have no effect on bacterial colony count after 4-8 hours of wear. Harmful bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus can exist on a material surface for upwards of 90 days, so it is important that developers create a material that is effective for both long periods of use and continuous use. Now that researches have a solid science-centered foundation behind this idea of germ-resistant apparel, students across the country are beginning to wear antimicrobial uniforms, starting this fall with the nursing students at Park University. Big, brand name medical apparel companies such as Landau, Cherokee and Dickies have invested large financial sums, research and time into their new antimicrobial apparel, so be sure to check back with us and read about all of the big things to come!
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