Bacteria-killing textiles could obliterate hospital infections

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Researchers in Spain have developed bacteria-killing textiles that could be used to stop the spread of infections acquired within hospitals. Created by scientists at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC), the textiles are designed to prevent nosocomial infections — bacterial and fungal infections that aren’t detectable, and can easily spread among hospital patients. Studies estimate that between three and 10 percent of admitted patients become infected during their stay, and while mortality rates are low, these hospital-acquired microbes can extend inpatient treatment periods, thereby putting extra strain on healthcare systems.

To combat this, researchers used adhesive enzymes to embed antimicrobial…

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