Pilot study on the microbial contamination of conventional vs. silver-impregnated uniforms worn by ambulance personnel during one week of emergency medical service

Raoul Groß, Nils Hübner, Ojan Assadian, Bethany Jibson, Axel Kramer & Working Section For Clinical Antiseptic Of The German Society For Hospital Hygiene
The antimicrobial impregnation of products used everyday, such as surfaces, textiles and clothing – including those used in hospitals – is increasing. In view of potential toxic and environmental risks for users and patients, a careful risk-benefit assessment must be conducted for each newly developed product impregnated or coated with antimicrobial agents, prior to marketing and manufacture. It has been proposed that incorporation of silver threads into the clothing of emergency service workers could reduce...