Rapid reduction of Staphylococcus aureus populations on stainless steel surfaces by zeolite ceramic coatings containing silver and zinc ions

K. R. Bright, C. P. Gerba, Patricia A. Rusin

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Abstract

This study demonstrates the anti- Staphylococcus aureus properties of stainless steel surfaces coated with zeolite containing 2.5% silver and 14% zinc ions. Stainless steel panels with and without the heavy-metal-containing coatings were inoculated with S. aureus and incubated at room temperature. Survival of S. aureus was significantly reduced by the silver/zinc coatings within 1 h. Many hospital surfaces could be constructed of stainless steel with silver/zinc zeolite coatings. Such measures may reduce rates of hospital-acquired S. aureus infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-309
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

Keywords

  • Environmental surfaces
  • Staphylococcus aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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