A layman's overview of antimicrobial coatings

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There is a lot going on about antimicrobial coatings and agents facilitating it. These coatings have been wonderful to use and have a lot of benefits, especially in the healthcare sector. The advent of nanotechnology and the antimicrobial coating is a great boon. An antimicrobial coating or surface is made of antimicrobial agents that restrict the growth of microorganisms on the regular surface. Generally, silver and copper are used due to their superior antimicrobial mechanisms. Well documented tales of silver as an antimicrobial are present, but the mechanisms of copper are still under scrutiny. However, nanotechnology has made it possible to use these antimicrobial qualities to the maximum.

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A laymans overview of antimicrobial coatings There is a lot going on about antimicrobial coatings and agents facilitating it. These coatings have been wonderful to use and have a lot of benefits especially in the healthcare sector. The advent of nanotechnology and the antimicrobial coating is a great boon. An antimicrobial coating or surface is made of antimicrobial agents that restrict the growth of microorganisms on the regular surface. Generally silver and copper are used due to their superior antimicrobial mechanisms. Well documented tales of silver as an antimicrobial are present but the mechanisms of copper are still under scrutiny. However nanotechnology has made it possible to use these antimicrobial qualities to the maximum. There are several areas where there is a need for antimicrobial surfaces. However as mentioned above the need for such coatings increases in the healthcare sector. Here are some areas where an antimicrobial coating will be helpful.  Rails: Handrails and door handles are some of the most touched areas equally by patients and staff. These surfaces might pose health risks as these rails and handles play the role of generous transfer sites.  Scales and Blades: These instruments are used too much regularly when we are talking about hospitals. There are a number of people who touch it with naked hands. There is a chance of microbe transfer via these instruments. These are the main areas where the nanotechnology-based antimicrobial coatings come into act. They dont let the microbes grow on these surfaces and this results in cleaner hospitals. Now that we know the areas where the coatings will be essential here are some features of these coatings.  Broad-spectrum activity: These coatings target every microbe that can make you sick in any manner. The targeting or selection can be customized by the provider. One can choose the selection of the area the coating is being applied to.  High performance: If there is one thing everyone is sure about the nanotechnology- based antimicrobial coatings it is that these coatings work extremely well. There is enough substance on this behalf. There are many scholarly and research papers to put light on the same.  Long term effect: Another major feature of the coating is the longevity of effect. The effect stays for a long time. There are several coatings that stay for a long period and there is no impact of time on the effectiveness.  Environmentally friendly: The best part of this coating is that these coatings are completely safe for the environment. It can be considered as the best green solution to the chemical cleaners which seem to rule most places.

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 Deodorization: Another feature about the coating is that it also serves as a deodorizer to the surface. Along with the soothing deodorizer effect the coating is also anti- allergen. These features together make the antimicrobial coating one of the best investments anyone can do. These 4 features make the antimicrobial coating stand out. These coatings can play an important role in defending epidemics in several places. Hospitals and other healthcare units like small clinics or the factory where the medical equipment is made should have the antimicrobial as a standard. This will help create the right kind of awareness around the safe invention and more people can use it. Not just hospitals these coatings can also be used in homes at specific locations. At times when everything is modern and automatic the antimicrobial coating is a revolutionary product that helps in ways more than one.

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