Self-disinfecting device keeps hospital doors germ-free

Self-disinfecting device keeps hospital doors germ-free

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While hand sanitizer has become commonplace in hospitals to ensure germs are not spread, what if there wasn’t a need to wash your hands at every moment at all? Scientists from a spin-off company at the University of Leeds have created a self-disinfecting material off the back of seven years of research. Testing of the material has shown it can reduce bacteria rates by up to 90 percent. By incorporating the engineered textile in a device designed to be used on hospital doors instead of the traditional aluminium door plate – the part of the door that people push to open it – the researchers aim to bolster hand hygiene.

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