According to Clive Begg, an engineer at the University of Leeds’, negative ions have proved to help kill off bacterial species — called acinetobacter — in an intensive care unit (ICU). This discovery was found during an epidemiological study conducted at the St. James’ Hospital in Leeds.
Researchers found that the use of a negative ionizer in the ICU helped the infection rate fall to zero after a year. “We were absolutely astounded to find such clear cut results,” Begg’s told the New Scientist.
Stephen Dean, a consultant at the hospital, stated that they were so happy with the results they asked the university to keep the ionizer. These types of ionizers produce negative ions that collide and charge particles that are suspended in the air.
Acinetobacter infections are often extremely difficult to treat. This is due to the bacterium being resistant to countless antibiotics. This normally is not a threat to humans, however, a person with a weakened immune system is susceptible to this infection.
There are currently several tests being performed to see if negative ions can target any other organisms. One of the promising targets is tuberculosis. An electronics company, Sharp, is conducting research to show that their positive and negative system can inactivate viruses.
Hopefully, as more testing is performed people will further understand the more possible benefits negative ions can have for healthier living.
Written by Sheena Robertson
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