The World Health Organization has indicated that the rise of antimicrobial resistance is a global health crisis. An estimated 700,000 people die every year from drug-resistant infections, according to a recent British commission review.
The World Bank warns that the spread of drug-resistant infections could mean a hit to the global economy even greater than that of the 2008 financial crisis.
Micrillon® - the first rechargeable broad-spectrum antimicrobial polymer additive
developed with the primary goal is to reduce the risk of preventable HAIs by making it
possible for all frequently touched environmental surfaces to become a
rechargeable Micrillon® antibacterial/antiviral surface .
Micrillon, the first rechargeable broad-spectrum antimicrobial polymer additive that will have a significant impact on the spread of drug-resistant infections and preventable hospital associated infections (pHAIs), now considered the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. Micrillon, which has earned multiple patents worldwide, can be incorporated into a wide range of polymer (plastic) products to help mitigate risk of such infections.
Preventing pHAIs Head-On Micrillon is a disruptive, innovative chemistry that has the potential to help prevent pHAI’s head-on. The broad-spectrum antimicrobial is the result of more than a decade of research and development of best-in-class products and training – including color-coded systems and a ONEperROOM methodology for reducing the risk of cross-contamination in leading hospitals. Micrillon’s unique properties include antiviral efficacy, the ability to recharge for the life of the product, and no leeching into the environment. When incorporated into a product made from plastic, the entire surface, whether a fiber or solid part, can be charged with chlorine molecules. When bacteria, mold and viruses come into contact with the Micrillon surface, they are eliminated. A Micrillon fiber wiper then can be used with a disinfectant or chlorine-containing sanitizer to remove soil and organic matter while simultaneously recharging the surface.
The Micrillon cycle concept is simple, and the chemistry can be incorporated into all people touch points in hospital rooms, intensive care, the OR and ER. So, everything that people touch – such as light switches, bed rails, door handles, curtain pulls, walls and grout – would be a rechargeable Micrillon antibacterial/antiviral surface. When cleaned, all these touch points would be recharged.
The first product in the Micrillon line is a hospital privacy curtain-pull, ideal for use in hospital, long term care and nursing homes. Acrylic latex grout and paint with applications across markets including healthcare facilities, schools and hotels will be available soon. In the coming year, umf Corp will introduce additional Micrillon products, including surgical wipes, cubicle curtains, bath towels and HVAC/filtration products.