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Copper to be used to fight superbugs

Friday 31st October 2008
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In news which may be of particular interest to people with sterile services jobs, a hospital is potentially to begin using copper in the fight against superbugs.

According to a report on, Russells Hall hospital - which is run by the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - may be set to use the metal on door handles, taps and toilet seats in a bid to reduce infections such as MRSA and C difficile.

A study conducted at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham that involved replacing existing fittings with copper versions and taking twice daily swabs for bugs revealed that the metal nearly eliminated them.

Further trials are now expected and, according to Paul Farenden, chief executive of the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Russells Hall - which has around 741 inpatient beds - may soon have a copper refit.

The trust could not say how much the alterations would cost.

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