Scientist Create World-First Antimicrobial Medical Gloves

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 12:01

University of Nottingham microbiologist Prof. Richard James, working with colleagues from medical glove manufacturer Hartalega Malaysia and antimicrobial research and development company Chemical Intelligence UK have develop a new type of medical glove that kills microbes without the use of added chemicals.

Researchers utilize a proprietary technology which the university describes as "a new active microorganism-killing molecule,” University of Nottingham reports.

Professor Emeritus Richard James has been working for several years on the project with medical glove makers Hartalega Malaysia and antimicrobial research and development company Chemical Intelligence UK. The European launch of this unique medical product took place in London today.

This molecule is incorporated right into the material, meaning that no antibiotics have to be applied to the surface of the gloves, nor do any leach out into the environment. In lab tests, the gloves reportedly killed up to 99.9 percent of bacteria within five minutes of contact.

The new gloves are the first non-leaching antimicrobial medical gloves in the world. They are eventually expected to sell in their billions as healthcare organisations strive to fight infection and combat antimicrobial resistance.

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