What does shark skin have to do with bacterial infections like MRSA and MSSA? Well, new research shows that when the scaly texture of shark skin is mimicked in hospital surfaces, it helps in the fight against such hospital superbugs. The new pattern is called Sharklet, designed in an arrangement of ridges formulated to resemble shark skin.
This assembly of microscopic bumps can help prevent the transmission of common hospital bacteria through touching, sneezes or spillages, according to researchers. The study, published in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, showed that Sharklet harbored 94 percent less MRSA bacteria than a smooth surface, and fared better than copper, a leading antimicrobial material.