The reports about multidrug-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA and VRE are truly alarming. The widespread use of antibiotics has opened the doors of every hospital to this silent killer. Patients with weakened immune systems or open wounds are most at risk of infection, with a potentially fatal outcom... More
The reports about multidrug-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA and VRE are truly alarming. The widespread use of antibiotics has opened the doors of every hospital to this silent killer. Patients with weakened immune systems or open wounds are most at risk of infection, with a potentially fatal outcome.
Bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics and are spreading at a disturbing rate. Apart from the human cost, an outbreak of resistant hospital bacteria will also lead to significant financial damage as a result of drastic organisational measures that need to be taken, such as closing wards, operating rooms or even an entire hospital. The hospital will suffer serious reputational damage, which may eventually cause the incident to also have far-reaching consequences for its market position. The question is how to limit the damage. Responsible use of antibiotics is obviously important and strict (hand) hygiene is essential to avoid the spread of bacteria. But from now on, more can be done.
Bolidt Antimicrobial Technology Bolidt has developed antimicrobial technology for the health care sector, which uses a revolutionary bactericidal technique. The traditional techniques are antibacterial paint systems based on chemical methods using, for instance, silver salts to prevent the spread of bacteria. Bolidt has developed a patented technology that has a lasting and more comprehensive effect.
How does it work? In short, by differences in charge. The surface of the Bolidt Antimicrobial Technology systems is positively charged. The walls of the bacterial cells are negatively charged, but this negative charge is partly neutralised by Ca2+ and Mg2+ ions on their surface. Their negatively charged cell walls pull the bacteria to the positively charged floor surface, which repels the neutralising ions and disrupts the negative cell membrane. Result: the bacterium dies. Large contact surfaces are thus protected against the growth and spread of bacteria. In addition, bacteria cannot develop resistance to this bactericidal technology, which is a concern when using chemical methods based on silver salts, for instance. And it does not involve any toxic substances, which are released from the coating during use and cleaning and end up in the environment. Due to this so-called ‘leaching’ property, such coatings also lose their effectiveness over time, which is not the case with Bolidt’s antimicrobial technology.
A step forward Since it is precisely the flooring that poses a major risk of spreading multi-resistant bacteria, this innovation helps hospitals and medical centres to make a huge step forward in their fight against multi-resistant bacteria such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and MRSA.