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Cool or Not: Sliver-Lined MRSA Resistant PJs

The super bug MRSA has been getting a lot of press lately. Once only found in hospitals, there have been more than a few cases of high-school athletes and school-age children coming down with and even dying from MRSA (a antibiotic resistant strand of staph bacteria). Nevertheless, the majority of cases do happen in hospitals. This was the inspiration behind the silver-lined pajamas, recently introduced in the UK. Before you start thinking, "Wow! I thought silver linings were just for clouds. That sounds so fancy" – let me clarify. The PJs are made with fabric that contains 2 percent silver, which is known as an infection-fighting element and will hopefully increase protection for open wounds (that is how MRSA gets into the blood stream). The pajamas are on sale now in London for about $100 a pair, but many feel that the public should not have to protect themselves from MRSA with silver PJs and that hospitals should be taking care of the problem.

I don't know about you, but it sounds gimmicky to me. On the other hand, every little bit of protection could help. What do you think . . .


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mtiger mtiger 9 years
Yeah, I agree...I'm not paying $100 for pajamas...give me my boyfriend's boxers and a t-shirt!
geenbean geenbean 9 years
Not cool! I work in intensive care and yeah, PJs are not going to help the problem. Fit is right, it is simply a gimmick for the public. MRSA is not new, it is not rampant in the general public, and really I wouldn't be concerned about it unless I was put up in a hospital bed or tending to those who are (but then again, as a nurse I really don't think about it much unless I know the patient to have it). There are so many other issues that deserve our time and resources, really!
adrianalimafan adrianalimafan 9 years
I can totally picture Fit forcing every person in her family to wear these. Not cool, Pjs are just pjs...something to sleep in. Those are ugly as can be! I wouldn't pay $100 for em, or any amount. Plus too, wouldn't they be worthless after being washed? Some people will buy into anything, it's beyond sad!
yes-jess yes-jess 9 years
It may theoretically help...a long long time ago, if i recall correctly, in my microbiology lab we coated petri dishes with a bacterial broth and put metal disks in the center(one i believe was silver) and the disks definitely inhibited bacterial growth around the chip in a statistically significant way. That is why they would use silver alloys for tooth fillings too. but n00dledancer has a valid point as well.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
people typically get bacterial infections in wounds due to touching the wound with contaminated hands or instruments. i don't see how these pricey pjs would solve that problem. it just seems like someone trying to profit from public fear. practicing proper hand hygiene & eliminating improper use of antibiotics would go a lot farther, specially outside of hospitals since community-associated mrsa infections are a relatively new occurrence.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Definitely sounds gimmicky.
karlorene karlorene 9 years
$100 Pj's? No thanks, I'll stick to my old high school hoodies and sweatpants
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