Rapid in situ assessment of Cu-ion mediated effects and antibacterial efficacy of copper surfaces

Release of metal ions from metal-based surfaces has been considered one of the main drivers of their antimicrobial activity. Here we describe a method that enables parallel assessment of metal ion release from solid metallic surfaces and antimicrobial efficacy of these surfaces in a short time period. The protocol involves placement of a small volume of bioluminescent bacteria onto the tested surface and direct measurement

WG2 Workshop in Berlin – Antimicrobial Coatings Applied in Healthcare Settings – Efficacy Testing

The WG2 Workshop on “Antimicrobial Coatings Applied in Healthcare Settings – Efficacy Testing” will be held in Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Thursday 7th of June 2018   The program of the Workshop 8:30 Registration 9:00 Welcome by representative of Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) 9:15 Introduction to AMiCI Francy Crijns, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands 9:30 Objectives of WG2:

Network day NanoSilver 2018

On the occasion of a joint project in the network, the Network day NanoSilver 2018 takes place at the university medical centre in Regensburg (UKR). At the UKR, various surfaces within the emergency room are equipped with antimicrobial silver. Over a period of one year, the innovative coatings are compared with conventional surfaces to evaluate their effectiveness. Of course, the project will be presented at

Ultrasonic coating of medical textiles with antimicrobal nanoparticles

According to European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), every year 5-6% of patients come to nosocomial infections. Due to rapid spreading of superbacteria, resistant to any antibiotics the situation is becoming serious. Decreasing of the number of hospital infections can be obtained by using anitibacterial coatings at textiles. Textiles should be antibacterial, coating durable and not harmful for patients. There are plenty of

Functionalization of polydimethylsiloxane and stainless steel surfaces with disinfectants

Microbial adhesion onto surfaces is at the root of serious problems in many areas, often compromising the disinfection practices. In clinical settings, microorganisms can colonize abiotic surfaces, equipment and medical devices. This problem is aggravated when microorganisms adopt a sessile lifestyle and live in biofilms. The best approach to prevent the occurrence of cell adhesion and biofilm formation, with subsequent spread of microorganisms between equipment

Equisetum arvense mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles and its application as antibacterial suspension

High consumption of antibiotics has led to resistance of pathogenic microorganisms, which prompted the testing of antimicrobial activity of various plant extracts or other substances in order to find new antimicrobial agents. Alternatively, silver and silver-based topical dressings have been used to treat bacterial infections. To overcome the problems associated with the excessive usage of antibiotics and chemicals, there is a need of eco-friendly synthesis

Agar/ nanosilver composite coatings for prevention of biofilm formation

Bacterial contamination on various surfaces is very common and causes serious problems, particularly on hospital surfaces/furniture and medical devices The formation of biofilms on such surfaces is recognized as the most critical biological contamination due to a difficult removal of microorganisms within the biofilm and their high resistance to different antimicrobial agents. In an attempt to overcome these problems, various strategies have been employed to

The AMiCI WG1-WG4 workshop “AntiMicrobial Coatings Applied in Healthcare Settings – Implications for Cleaning Procedures”, Ljubljana, Slovenia

On 20-21 March 2018, the AMiCI WG1-WG4 workshop was held, combined with the Action Core Group Meeting, at the Jožef Stefan Institute in in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The European Union COST Action AMiCI  brings together experts on the synthesis, use and assessment of unwanted side effects of antimicrobial coatings. The project is coordinated by dr. Francy Crijns (Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Technology, NL. Working Groups

Surface modifications for antimicrobial effects in the healthcare setting: a critical overview

Summary The spread of infections in healthcare environments is a persistent and growing problem in most countries, aggravated by the development of microbial resistance to antibiotics and disinfectants. In addition to indwelling medical devices (e.g. implants, catheters), such infections may also result from adhesion of microbes either to external solid–water interfaces such as shower caps, taps, drains, etc., or to external solid–gas interfaces such as

Si TECHNOLOGY: Innovative Textile Functionalization

Smart Inovation is a Portuguese nanotechnology company that offers innovative solutions for the functionalization of different materials in the scope of health, well-being and protection. Unique and innovative, the Si Technology is patented in 147 countries and offers multiple applications for multiple industries, products and materials. The Si Technology consists of a matrix o nano/microparticles that can be fixed to different substracts and carry different