ah yes, remember the good old days when hospital beds were made of brass and sometimes copper coated for the same reason, doorknobs too.
Would this cause any respiratory issues down the line like asbestos?
Durable and Washable Antibacterial Copper Nanoparticles Bridged by Surface Grafting Polymer Brushes on Cotton and Polymeric Materials,
Journal of Nanomaterials, vol. 2018, Article ID 6546193, 2018.
> To increase the durability of antibacterial coating on cotton and polymeric substrates, surface initiated grafting polymer brushes are introduced onto the substrates surface to bridge copper nanoparticles coatings and substrate. The morphologies of the composites consisting of the copper nanoparticles and polymer brushes were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that copper nanoparticles were uniformly and firmly distributed on the surfaces of the substrates by the polymer brushes; meanwhile, the reinforced concrete-like structures were formed in the composite materials. The substrates coated by the copper nanoparticles showed the efficient antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) even after washing by 30 cycles. The copper nanoparticles were tethered on the substrates by the strong chemical bonds, which led to the excellent washable fitness and durability. The change of the phase structure of the copper was analyzed to investigate the release mechanism of copper ions.
Infection outbreaks at hospitals could ALSO be reduced by doctors and nurses actually FOLLOWING infection control protocols. Yes, virtually all will follow the ones for special cases like TB aerosols and such, but go to any hospital and you'll find doctors and nurses walking around in the same white coats they've dragged through every room in the hospital with. You'll see them walking in the halls, brushing it against patients and visitors alike, they'll even bring them into the cafeteria.
There's a significant portion of these people that won't do or follow a rule unless it's explicitly stated and meant to protect them and their paycheck.
Copper nanoparticles are all well and good, but if the basics aren't adhered to, fancy coats won't do shit.
This would allow doctors to literally be the one to **conduct** a study
I am generally perplexed when I see someone wearing their scrubs in public... like boarding a plane... or the Subway. I assume they wear those things to prevent introducing potentially communicable things outside of the medical facility? (or maybe the people I see are pedicure technicians?)
There are so many ways to reduce the spread of infection in hospitals. Most of them would involve less direct contact. The best idea I've seen of late was the far UV-C lights. Or just going back to solariums.
20 years later - New research indicate that copper nanoparticles cause cancer.