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Reduction of health care-associated infections (HAIs) with antimicrobial inorganic nanoparticles incorporated in medical textiles: an economic assessment

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Finbarr
dc.contributor.author Tchetchik, Anat
dc.contributor.author Furxhi, Irini
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-02T11:54:53Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-02T11:54:53Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8879
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Health care-associated infections (HAIs) affect millions of patients annually with up to 80,000 affected in Europe on any given day. This represents a significant societal and economic burden. Staff training, hand hygiene, patient identification and isolation and controlled antibiotic use are some of the standard ways to reduce HAI incidence but this is time consuming and subject and subject to rigorous implementation. In addition, the lack of antimicrobial activity of some disinfectants against healthcare-associated pathogens may also affect the efficacy of disinfection practices. Textiles are an attractive substrate for pathogens because of contact with the human body with the attendant warmth and moisture. Textiles and surfaces coated with engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) have shown considerable promise in reducing the microbial burden on those surfaces. Studies have also shown that this antimicrobial a ect can reduce the incidence of HAIs. For all of the promising research, there has been an absence of study on the economic effectiveness of ENM coated materials in a healthcare setting. This article examines the relative economic efficacy of ENM coated materials against an antiseptic approach. The goal is to establish the economic efficacy of the widespread usage of ENM coated materials in a healthcare setting. In the absence of detailed and segregated costs, benefits and control variables over at least cross sectional data or time series, an aggregated approach is warranted. This approach, while relying on some supposition allows for a comparison with similar data regarding standard treatment to reduce HAIs and provides a reasonable economic comparison. We find that while, relative to antiseptics, ENM coated textiles represent a significant clinical advantage, they can also offer considerable cost savings. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nanomaterials;10, 999
dc.subject nanotextiles en_US
dc.subject mamomaterials en_US
dc.subject antimicrobial en_US
dc.title Reduction of health care-associated infections (HAIs) with antimicrobial inorganic nanoparticles incorporated in medical textiles: an economic assessment en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/nano10050999
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.relation.projectid 814425 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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