Antimicrobial Surfaces


Antimicrobial Hard Surfaces: What the Infection Preventionist Should Know

Report Summary

This report briefly looks at antimicrobial-embedded plastic and polymer surfaces that can help healthcare facilities in the fight against healthcare-acquired infections that are transmitted from environmental surfaces.

Editor's Take

Hilary Humphreys, professor of clinical microbiology and department head at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, says there are three current approaches to antimicrobial hard surfaces:

  • Altering the surface components to minimize the likelihood that bacteria will adhere or replicate.
  • Coating the surface or fabric with an acknowledged antimicrobial compound whose activity persists.
  • Using a material that has some inherent antibiofilm or microbiocidal activity.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Learn what antimicrobial-embedded hard surfaces are and how they can help fight HAIs
  • Discover how natural germ-fighting materials such as silver and copper are being used
  • Review the residual effect of antimicrobial-embedded materials