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Graduate makes 'anti-MRSA' gown
Anti-MRSA Gown
Fatima Ba-Alawi's gown will be trialled on 30 patients
A graduate has designed a hospital gown that could help curb the superbug MRSA, which kills up to 3,000 people a year.

Fatima Ba-Alawi, 27, launched the gown, designed to destroy bacteria and limit contact between patients and nurses, at Portsmouth University.

The business graduate designed the item after using hospital gowns while working as a health care assistant during her studies.

Patient trials have now begun at University College London Hospitals.

Ms Ba-Alawi said: "I'm thrilled that my design is being used for the trial.

Operating theatre

"I designed the gown to promote patient dignity, comfort and safety but I'm delighted that it might help prevent diseases like MRSA."

Approximately 100,000 MRSA infections are thought to occur every year in the UK.

Mike Rollins, projects manager at University College London Hospitals, said: "I'm delighted that Fatima identified the need to create a practical, effective solution to one of the worries facing healthcare professionals every day.

"Her innovative design may well contribute to a reduction in hospital infections."

The gown has been coated with an anti-microbial layer which should destroy bacteria on contact.

The trials will last for eight weeks and involve 30 patients in the intensive care unit and operating theatre.


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