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Antibacterial pillow awarded for innovation

April 19, 2012
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DUBLIN, IRELAND — A new pillow, specially designed for use in hospital settings, has won a prestigious prize for innovation, according to the Digital Journal.

The pillow has special properties, which have been shown to protect the patient from bacteria and other hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), the article stated.

According to the article, a study conducted by a U.K. hospital St Bartholomew''s and the London Hospitals Trust found that 70 percent of pillows in hospitals in the London area to be contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms.

In response to this alarming number, a company has developed a special pillow for use in hospitals, which features a special micro-porous filter designed to stop bacteria from penetrating the pillow, the article noted.

The filter is of a nanoscopic pore size, which is a proven barrier to viruses (0.4 microns), bacteria (0.8 microns) and dust mite allergens (2 microns), the article added.

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