A new anti-microbial textile that is said to provide protection against the transmission of infection in healthcare facilities is now being manufactured in Eqypt, say reports from Daily News Egypt.

The textile integrates silver and metallic silver antibacterial agents that disturbs the cell membrane of any microorganisms that come into contact with it. This mechanism essentially destroys infection-creating microbes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 13 percent of patients develop new infections during their stay at a health care facility. But integrating the silver technology into fabrics, which is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), can provide 99.999 percent resistance against Ecoli, VRE, salmonella and MRSA.

Multiple studies have confirmed healthcare apparel, curtains and bed linens are contaminated, and cross-contamination from skin-to-surface occurs, the article said.

The new textile does not lose its antimicrobial efficacy over time. According to test data, the silver induced technology remains effective after 200 industrial washes in actual hospital laundries.

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