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A. Anti-bacterial Hospital Fabrics in the Works

Narrator: This is Science Today. Over the last two decades, the rate at which patients pick up hospital-acquired infections has increased. What's perhaps most disconcerting, is the fact that many of these infections are drug-resistant. In light of this, Gang Sun, a professor of textiles and fabrics at the University of California, Davis, is working on treating fabrics used in the healthcare setting with an anti-microbial agent that can kill bacteria on contact. .

Sun: So, we're thinking that we can use the doctor's, nurse's and patient's dress, bedding sheets, pillowcases, if we can impart some anti-microbial functions on the fabric that probably can cut off the source.

Narrator: Simply using chlorine bleach to wash these garments can recharge the chemical used to treat these fabrics. This is already standard practice in hospitals.

Sun: All the medical garments and bedding sheets, pillowcases need to be sterilized. How they sterilize is by bleaching, which means that they are going to be able to clean up and also refresh.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.