Antimicrobial coatings for ‘self-sterilisation’
C.W. Dunnill and I.P. Parkin, University College London, UK
In this chapter we analyse the different surfaces that have inherent antimicrobial properties as well as investigating the effectiveness of current methodologies. We show how simple surfaces that have functional properties can have a significant effect on the biofilms that form and the infection control consequences that thus exist. Hand touch surfaces and especially those surfaces that are near to the patients can act as harbours for bacteria and reservoirs of infection. Specially designed functional surfaces that either utilise metal ions or light-activated agents can control the bacterial colonisation by inherent ...