22 September 2011
Friendly bacteria could be the cure for hospital superbugs, research has shown.
A study by UK-based hygiene specialist Chemex International showed that trials of natural and cheap alternatives to traditional hygiene practices are likely to revolutionise cleaning methods in hospitals and reduce the risk of bugs breaking out.
The results of the trial were unveiled yesterday (September 21st) at a conference of over 600 members of the Infection Protection Society in Bournemouth.
Led by Sean Derrig, scientific director of Chemex International, the research is part of a hospital-wide initiative to find ways to kill bacteria, which could potentially lead to the devastating effects of an infection outbreak.
"We have now proved that nature's methods can be more effective. Our research has proven that employing 'friendly' bacteria in a cleaning product rather than harsh chemicals drove out the bacteria."
Further results showed that the friendly bacteria had a more substantial effect on eradicating dirt and germs and totally got rid of the bad bugs.
Recent outbreaks of hospital superbugs have included MRSA in 2007 and NDM-1, thought to have been brought in from India or Pakistan.
By Jeanette Royston
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