Worldwide evolution of multi-drug resistant microbes poses serious clinical and public health challenges to humans. Spread of these pathogens and other infections through the contaminated equipment, bed linens or air droplets have substantial effect on patients, staff or anyone else and significantly impacts their health. The medical textiles are gaining importance to tackle the hospital-acquired infections. Effective, reliable medical textiles could be used for developing personal protective equipment (PPE), gloves, bed linens, etc. to avoid hospital acquired infections.
Natural dye-based medical textile that creates zero allergic reactions in humans was developed. The antibacterial textiles were developed by coating the fabrics with microbial extracts having different bioactive metabolites, each of which have shown excellent antibacterial activity against super bugs like Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA). The anti-bacterial activity of coated fabrics was confirmed through tests at standard medical and textile research institutes. The scale-up process is under progress and the results are encouraging.