COPPER SURFACES COULD REDUCE HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

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COPPER SURFACES COULD REDUCE HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

In this study, the microbial burden on commonly touched surfaces in the medical intensive care units of three hospitals was determined:

1. to assess the risk from those surfaces, and

2. to determine whether or not copper surfacing would lower that burden, and those risks.

Hospital acquired infections are the fourth leading cause of death, after cancer, heart disease, and strokes.

“Copper has been used by humans for millennia, first as tools and then as a tool to fight the spread of infectious agents.”

The study was divided into two phases, pre- and post-copper, and lasted for 43 months.

During the pre-copper phase, “the average microbial burden found on six commonly touched objects was 28 times higher than levels considered benign, and thus represented a risk to the patient.

Installing copper surfaces, resulted in an 83 percent reduction of that microbial burden, leading the team to conclude that copper surfaces on commonly touched objects could provide a substantially safer environment.

(M.G. Schmidt, H.H. Attaway, P.A. Sharpe, J. John, Jr., K.A. Sepkowitz, A. Morgan, S.E. Fairey, S. Singh, L.L. Steed, J.R. Cantey, K.D. Freeman, H.T. Michels, and C.D. Salgado, 2012. Sustained reduction of microbial burden on common hospital surfaces through induction of copper. J. Clin. Microbiol. 50:2217-2223.)

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