ANTIMICROBIAL SOCKS FORMULATION WITH SILVER NITRATEAbstract
Antiseptics and Disinfectants are extensively used in the health care industry and also equally in personal hygiene. Among the chemicals, silver has long been known to have antimicrobial activity. Development of new, effective and low-cost antimicrobial textiles has been an objective of this research work due to increasing resistance of microbial pathogens to traditional chemicals. The potential effectiveness of silver socks (SS) fabric as an antimicrobial agent was evaluated in this study. Silver nitrate (10-3M) coated cotton socks significantly reduced the bacterial load of the socks flora among the medical students. The bacterial load is directly proportional to many days and inversely proportional to the concentration of silver nitrate. Pseudomonas species was isolated from four samples in day 3. This study reported that 10-3M silver nitrate solution coated cotton socks were very effective and having bacterial isolates rarely.
S. Lakshika, N. Prabhu *, P. Revathi and S. Manickavasagam
Department of Pharmacology, Chennai Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM Group), Tiruchirapalli, India.
13 February 2014
19 May 2014
28 June 2014
01 July 2014