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A pilot line of antibacterial and antifungal medical textiles based on a sonochemical process

A pilot line of antibacterial and antifungal medical textiles based on a sonochemical process

Objective

Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections are a major financial issue in the European healthcare system. The financial impact of these infections counteract medical advances and expensive medical treatments by increasing the length of hospital stay by at least 8 days on average per affected patient, hence adding more than 10 millions patient days in hospitals in Europe per year. The statistics on patient safety in the EU show alarming tendencies : - 1 in 10 patients are affected by hospital-acquired infections - 3 million deaths are caused by hospital-acquired infections An active infection control program of patients and personnel and hygiene measures, have proven to significantly reduce both the number of infections and hospitalisation costs . The SONO project directly addresses the above problems by developing a pilot line for the production of medical antibacterial textiles. The pilot line will be based on the scale-up of a sonochemical process developed and patented at BIU laboratories. The pilot line will use a sonochemical technique to produce and deposit inorganic, antimicrobial nanoparticles on medical textiles, e.g. hospital sheets, medical coats and bandages. Sonicators are used industrially for heavy and light duty cleaning, for water disinfection and for sewage treatment. It is also used in the food industry for emulsification and drying. The proposed concept based on one step sonochemical process to produce nanoparticles and impregnate them as antibacterial factors on textile is novel and does not exist on an industrial scale. The concept has already been proven (and patented ) on a lab scale where sonochemistry was applied to impregnate nanoparticles in a single-step process. It was demonstrated that due to the special properties of the sonochemical method the antibacterial nanoparticles are adsorbed permanently on the fibres even after 70 “laundry cycles”. The sonochemical impregnation process is a one-step procedure in which the nanopa
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Coordinator

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Address

Bar Ilan University Campus
52900 Ramat Gan

Israel

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 858 840

Administrative Contact

Estelle Waise (Ms.)

Participants (16)

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COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 752 116,80

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 726 955

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU TEXTILE SI PIELARIE

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 375 000

WESSEX INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 670 510,20

TORRAS VALENTI S.A.

Spain

Viatech

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 616 860

CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 703 040

KITOZYME SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 245 864

PIELASZEK RESEARCH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 233 271

S.C. DAVO STAR IMPEX SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 557 200

OSM-DAN LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 350 280

Klopman International Srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 504 088

PARCO SCIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO PER LAMBIENTE ENVIRONMENT PARK TORINO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 592

AFCON HOLDINGS LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 816 863

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA TEXTIL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 386 320

MULTIPROFILE HOSPITAL FOR ACTIVE TREATMENT AND EMERGENCY MEDECINE PIROGOV

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 302 200

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228730

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 038 142,60

  • EU contribution

    € 8 300 000

Coordinated by:

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

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