Researchers Find Copper Surfaces Reduce 97% of Bacteria in ICUs

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Use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care unit rooms can dramatically reduce the amount of bacteria and the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, according to a news release.

The study was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and took place at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, both in Charleston. Researchers replaced common objects, such as bed rails, overbed tray tables, nurse call buttons and IV poles, with antimicrobial copper versions.


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Results demonstrated that antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care unit rooms reduced the amount of bacteria in the rooms by 97 percent and resulted in a 41 percent reduction in hospital-acquired infection rates.

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