Recently developed antimicrobial technology should help prevent infections in temporary hospitals erected in disaster areas.
Parx Plastics BV has invented antimicrobial technology called Sanipolymers that doesn't rely on silver, biocides or nanoparticles to kill bacteria. Parx is working to include the technology in wood/polypropylene composites used for walls in temporary hospitals. Early indications are the walls would provide 99 percent antimicrobial activity within 24 hours, better protection than in regular hospital environments.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands-based Parx, founded in 2012, commercially debuted Sanipolymer antimicrobial plastics concentrates in September 2014. The firm claims the system is useful in a variety of polymers, including polyolefins, nylon, copolyester, ABS and polycarbonate.
Parx claims Sanipolymers fight gram+ and gram- bacteria by rupturing their cell walls. The company says Sanipolymers are based on a trace mineral essential to humans and which is eaten in food. Sanipolymers don't rely on conventional antimicrobials like triclosan, quaternary salts or nanoparticles. Parx says the active ingredient doesn't leach out and is unaffected by temperature, light and humidity. It meets European Union directives for food contact.
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