New Paint Kills infection-Causing Bacteria and Saves Lives

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health-care associated infections also known as HAI, are among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 1 out of every 25 patients will contract at least one infection while under hospital care.

Can the use of a specific paint product reduce these scary numbers and save lives? Sherwin-Williams says yes with the introduction of Paint Shield, a new line of paint that kills infection-causing bacteria. Staph, E-Coli and the dreaded MRSA don't stand a chance against this protective covering, which can be applied with a brush or roller just like any other paint.


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Paint Shield is breakthrough innovation

But Paint Shield is unlike any other paint product on the market today. Its  continued use may well offer hospitals and other facilities a way to greatly reduce the ever looming threat from infection-causing bacteria by simply applying a new coat of paint to their walls. According to Steve Revnew, senior vice-president of product innovation for Sherwin-Williams, Paint Shield has been proven to be safe and effective though third-party testing and has earned certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency for killing more than 99.9% of infection-causing bacteria.


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How is Paint Shield made?

Developed at America's second largest retailer's Breen Technology Center in Cleveland, Ohio,  this patented interior paint was created by more than 350 chemists, scientists and micro-biologists, and contains proprietary technology that kills bacteria on the surface after two hours of application. This differentiates it from other anti-microbial paints that simply prevent bacteria from spreading and corroding the paint. Paint Shield is the world's first germ-killing paint and one it is applied to a surface, it keeps on killing germs for up to four years as long as Paint Shield is used. The secret ingredient is a quarternary ammonium compound called Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride or 'quat.'


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In its nearly 150-year history, the powers-that-be behind the Sherwin-Williams brand  have never been more excited about a paint product. In the word of Chris Connor, Sherwin-Williams chairman and chief executive: "By killing infectious pathogens on painted surfaces, Paint Shield is a game-changing advancement in coatings technology.  it is one of the most significant technological in our history of  innovation."

Future implications of Paint Shield

Paint Shiled has apromising future in hospitals, athletic facilities, nursing homes, day-care centers, schools and  senior care communities, as it offers an entirely new way to help prevent the spread of some of the most common bacteria that can trigger hospital-acquired infections. It is slated for sale in over 4,000 stores throughout the country during the first quarter of 2016 at the cost of about $80 per gallon and will be available in 590 colors.

With the help of Paint Shield, hospital-acquired infections may one day be things of the past. According  once again to Steve Revnew: "Continued progress in combating hospital-acquired infections will require a broad array of measures, including passive methods that are less dependent on human intervention."

Any innovation within the paint industry has the capacity to disrupt the entire market, giivng any company offering a breakthrough product a competitive edge over others in the industry. Perhaps this explains the smiles of the faces of Sherwin-Williams' executives and brand-makers.

Do you think that virulent bacteria could ever develop an immunity to this new paint?

Closing thoughts on bacteria:
Support bacteria. They are the only culture some folks have. ~ Pinterest