How shark skin can help beat MRSA
SHARK skin- style coating applied to hospital bed rails and door handles could destroy superbugs, research found.
The creatures’ rippled skin stops bacteria sticking to them in the sea, preventing infection. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US designed polymer and ceramics coatings infused with antimicrobials, based on the texture of shark skin, which they hope will combat growing resistance to antibiotics.
The research, published in Applied Materials & Interfaces, found the special film killed off 95 per cent of E. coli and 80 per cent of MRSA bacteria.
Lead researcher Professor James Watkins said: ‘New coatings for high-touch surfaces, such as bed rails, door knobs, etc, that both limit the attachment of microorganisms and inactivate the persistent microbes are in high demand.’