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New Antimicrobial Coating Could Be Key in Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.

Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise and to be commercialised by a new company called NitroPep, the coating – also called NitroPep – has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection.

Researchers working with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and Royal Navy conducted a trial in which NitroPep was coated on steel surfaces such as door handles, operating theatre equipment and part of a communal toilet on board a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship. The surfaces coated in NitroPep and the control surfaces which were not coated were both subject to standard daily cleaning routines for an 11-month period whilst the ship was at sea.

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