The researchers from the Advanced Microscopy Unit at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Biomolecular Science have developed medical gloves with a built-in technology that makes them antimicrobial. In their testing, the gloves managed to kill 99.9% of the microbes in the first 5 minutes of contact. This discovery can be groundbreaking in the prevention of spreading infections in human hospitals and veterinary clinics.
Richard James, emeritus professor, says that he has been working on this project for several years. He teamed up with Hartalega Malaysia, makers of medical gloves, and Chemical Intelligence UK, a development company.
The gloves basically contain a newly developed active ingredient, a molecule that was designed to stop the spreading of bacteria to and from people, animals, and surfaces. Because the groundbreaking technology is built in the gloves there is no need of further application of additional chemicals or solutions.
This product has been in the research phase for more than 6 years. The manufacturers say that they will make sure that the gloves will be available at low cost in order to be available to all medical facilities.
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