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 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 1 and 4 are focused on respectively safe-by-design approaches of coatings and new approaches to effective cleaning. WG (Vice) Leaders are dr. Hulya Olmez (TÜBİTAK, TUR) and Nuno Azevedo (University of Porto, PT) for WG1, and Martina Modic (Jožef Stefan Institute, SLO) and Colum Dunne (University of Limerick) for WG4.
The scientific programme of the WG1-4 workshop in Ljubljana was devoted to the application of antimicrobial coatings in healthcare settings; implications for cleaning procedures. The opening lecture was held by dr. Francy Crijns on what we have learned so far from living lab studies with AMCs in healthcare.
Simone Schulte from Evonik gave a presentation on science meeting industry: why are man innovative coating technologies never entering the market.
Companies played an important role in this workshop. Five different companies gave a presentation on their expertise, their experiences but also the challenges they encounter when providing AMC’s for application in healthcare. The presentations of AMAL (Slovenia), CRODA / Hossein Mahmoud (The Netherlands), KASTUS / James Kennedy (Ireland), Smart Inovation / Mario Brito (Portugal) and RAS (Germany).
These presentations were followed by an interactive panel discussion where quite some differences between countries and companies, in the application of AMCs in healthcare, were brought up.
Experiences from Dutch and Irish living labs were shared by Francy Crijns, Martina Modic and Brendan Duffy, from healthcare facilities that applied AMCs in some of their patient rooms.
The afternoon session included presentations on how to measure the durability of AMCs for healthcare applications by Patrick Cosemans of SIRRIS, Belgium and the reduction of healthcare-associated infections by using biocidal copper oxide impregnated linens by Gadi Borkow of Cupron, Israel.
All presentations and the panel discussion are available online (Go to presentations >).