The objective is to develop both product chemistry and means of production for a new generation of impregnated wipes for cross infection control capable of clearly indicating when the wipe ceases to be effective. Such products would be capable of making an incremental contribution to hygiene maintenance and daises prevention in the home, healthcare and food chain. The research will create effective cross contamination control products using a variety of chemical disinfectants and indicators together with suitable non woven substrates and the machinery to manufacture the finished product. The only existing wipe with a built in indicator was invented 20 years ago by the proponent of this product (US Patent 4311479). The advance in chemical technology should enable a new generation of indicative wipes that are much more pathogen specific with quantitative indication of effectiveness. With the increasing number of health problems caused by cross contamination-ranging form Campylobacter jejunity Ecolab O 157 and with the increasing problem of antibiotic resistant pathogens there will be a considerable world-wide niche market for these products.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
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