Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Antibacterial Gauze

PostedJuly 5, 2009

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Randy Atkins: An antimicrobial chemical is irreversibly bonded to the gauze.

Chris Batich: It is totally immobilized on the surface, so nothing gets into the wound to interfere with (the wound) healing.

Randy Atkins: Chris Batich, a University of Florida materials engineer who developed its super-stick properties for Quick-Med Technologies, says the microbicide…

Chris Batich: …basically kills bacteria by tearing up the membrane protecting the bacteria.  It kills like 99.99% of the bacteria that touch it.

Randy Atkins: Even if you forget to change the bandage.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.

The new gauze is currently only available to physicians.