The Enzyme-based antimicrobial nanocomposite film (Image: Rensselaer/Ravindra C.Pangule)
Scanning electron microscopy image of nanocomposite film (Image: Rensselaer/Ravindra C.Pangule and Shyam Sundhar Bale)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria responsible for antibiotic resistant infections, poses a serious problem in hospitals, where patients with open wounds, invasive devices and weakened immune systems are at greater risk of infection than the general public. In a move that could significantly reduce this risk, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces which safely eradicates MRSA.
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