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Hygienic Perspectives of Wood in Healthcare Buildings

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Laboratoire Innovation Matériau Bois Habitat Apprentissage (LIMBHA), Ecole Supérieure du Bois, 7 rue Christian Pauc, 44000 Nantes, France
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Laboratoire HIFIH, UPRES EA3859, SFR 4208, Université d’Angers, 49000 Angers, France
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Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Hygiène, CHU Angers, 4 rue Larrey, 49000 Angers, France
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Your ResearcH-Bio-Scientific, 307 la Gauterie, 44430 Le Landreau, France
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Laboratoire MiHAR EE 1701 S, Institut de Recherche en Santé 2, Université de Nantes, 22 Boulevard Benoni-Goullin, 44200 Nantes, France
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EA 1155 IICiMed, Institut de Recherche en Santé 2, Université de Nantes, 22 Boulevard Benoni-Goullin, 44200 Nantes, France
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PAnTher, INRA, École Nationale Vétérinaire, Agro-Alimentaire et de L’alimentation Nantes Atlantique (Oniris), Université Bretagne Loire (UBL), F-44307 Nantes, France
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CRCINA, Inserm, Université de Nantes, Université d’Angers, Angers, Nantes, France
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UMR INRA 1014 SECALIM, Oniris, Route de Gachet, CS 40706, CEDEX 03, 44307 Nantes, France
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Received: 12 April 2021 / Revised: 25 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 May 2021 / Published: 20 May 2021
Wood materials are being adopted as nature-based architectural themes inside the healthcare buildings. Concern is raised that the organic and porous character of wood might support microbial survival. Therefore, this review discusses the hygienic properties of wood including the antimicrobial potential and its cleanability in comparison to smooth surface materials. In general, wood has antimicrobial properties owing to its chemical composition and physical structure. However, the hygienic potential of wood is influenced by the type of wood, age of wood, the cleaning method, surface treatment, and its moisture content. This information is intended to guide decision-makers regarding the use of wood in hygienically sensitive places and researchers to help them identify the variables for better utilizing the hygienic potential of this material. View Full-Text
Keywords: surface hygiene; wood; antimicrobial; biofilms; green buildings surface hygiene; wood; antimicrobial; biofilms; green buildings
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Munir, M.T.; Pailhoriès, H.; Aviat, F.; Lepelletier, D.; Pape, P.L.; Dubreil, L.; Irle, M.; Buchner, J.; Eveillard, M.; Federighi, M.; Belloncle, C. Hygienic Perspectives of Wood in Healthcare Buildings. Hygiene 2021, 1, 12-23. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/hygiene1010002

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Munir MT, Pailhoriès H, Aviat F, Lepelletier D, Pape PL, Dubreil L, Irle M, Buchner J, Eveillard M, Federighi M, Belloncle C. Hygienic Perspectives of Wood in Healthcare Buildings. Hygiene. 2021; 1(1):12-23. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/hygiene1010002

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Munir, Muhammad T., Hélène Pailhoriès, Florence Aviat, Didier Lepelletier, Patrice L. Pape, Laurence Dubreil, Mark Irle, Julia Buchner, Matthieu Eveillard, Michel Federighi, and Christophe Belloncle. 2021. "Hygienic Perspectives of Wood in Healthcare Buildings" Hygiene 1, no. 1: 12-23. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/hygiene1010002

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