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By Tim Sandle     May 16, 2014 in Health
Atlanta - Researchers are working to develop a puncture-resistant surgical glove, according to a research brief. Surgical gloves are a billion-dollar global market, and the innovation is expected to be popular.
The technology works, Controlled Environments reports, based on the fact that under mechanical stress or “shear,” tiny ceramic particles in the glove are driven together, causing the material to behave as a solid. Adding this nanotech to a fabric creates a nanocomposite material that can harden rapidly to form a temporary protective shield before becoming flexible again.
The development of the gloves is important because health care workers in the U.S. suffer an estimated 385,000 needlestick injuries per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Such injuries can expose surgeons, nurses, and other health care staff to infection from blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis B and C.
The CDC runs a ‘Stop Sticks’ campaign. This is a community-based information and education program. Its goal is to raise awareness about the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries in the workplace.
The project has been taking place at STF Technologies LLC, a spin-off company from the University of Delaware.
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