View Full Version : Toys coated in 'liquid glass' to stop bacteria

08-10-2010, 12:20 PM
A British children's hospital is coating the toys in its wards with a revolutionary form of "liquid glass" that has proven in trials to reduce the number of disease-causing bacteria living on the surface of objects.

Severely ill children being treated at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital are often not allowed to play with its pool of toys due to fears infections will be passed between patients, some of whom may have suppressed immune systems resulting from their life-saving treatment.

The liquid glass, which is safe and completely inert, forms an invisible, flexible coating on the surface of an object and repels dirt and grime. More importantly, it is believed to prevent the build-up of hospital-acquired infections such as the superbug Staphylococcus aureus, which is resistant to many antibiotics.

Alder Hey is testing the experimental coating on the toys in its children's wards because these shared objects come into intimate body contact and could easily become a source of a hospital-acquired infection spread between the children. "We have an awful lot of toys and many of them are difficult to clean. ...
link (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10664757)

In other news, Gingersnap's home is looking suspiciously shiny. :D

08-10-2010, 10:15 PM
In other news, Gingersnap's home is looking suspiciously shiny. :D

Before I even read your comment I was thinking, "Is there a DIY version of this stuff available?". :p