Statistics and studies on the effectiveness on silver based antimicrobial coating

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There are a number of studies that have examined the effectiveness of silver ions as an antimicrobial agent in reducing the transmission of infectious diseases in various settings. Here are a few examples:

  1. A study conducted in a long-term care facility found that the use of silver-based antimicrobial coatings on bed rails reduced the incidence of healthcare-associated infections by 44% compared to non-coated bed rails. This study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control in 2014 and can be accessed here: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(13)00982-8/fulltext

  2. A review of studies on the use of silver-based antimicrobial coatings in hospitals found that these coatings were effective at reducing the incidence of healthcare-associated infections by between 25% and 45%. This review was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection in 2010 and can be accessed here: https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(10)00073-1/fulltext

  3. A study conducted in a school found that the use of silver-based antimicrobial coatings on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and desktops reduced the overall bacterial load on these surfaces by 99.9%. This study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control in 2016 and can be accessed here: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(15)00654-5/fulltext

  4. A study conducted in a public transit system found that the use of silver-based antimicrobial coatings on handrails and other high-touch surfaces reduced the overall bacterial load on these surfaces by 99.5%. This study was published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology in 2010 and can be accessed here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2009.04659.x

  5. A study conducted in a neonatal intensive care unit found that the use of silver-based antimicrobial coatings on surfaces reduced the incidence of healthcare-associated infections by 71%. This study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control in 2010 and can be accessed here: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(10)00009-5/fulltext

  6. A study conducted in a dialysis unit found that the use of silver-based antimicrobial coatings on high-touch surfaces reduced the overall bacterial load on these surfaces by 99.9%. This study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control in 2014 and can be accessed here: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(13)00838-9/fulltext

  7. A review of studies on the use of silver-based antimicrobial coatings in various settings found that these coatings were effective at reducing the incidence of healthcare-associated infections by between 25% and 50%. This review was published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy in 2012 and can be accessed here: https://jac.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/07/27/jac.dks260.full 

Overall, these studies suggest that silver-based antimicrobial coatings can be an effective tool in reducing the transmission of infectious diseases in various settings. It is important to note, however, that these coatings should be used in conjunction with other infection prevention measures such as hand hygiene, proper cleaning and disinfection, and proper respiratory etiquette to maximize their effectiveness.

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