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Antimicrobial copper surfaces 'reduce infection in ICUs'

Thursday 20th October 2011
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A new study has revealed that the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care units cut the amount of bacteria present by 97 per cent.

This measure also resulted in a 41 per cent reduction in the hospital acquired infection rate, according to the study, which is to be presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Researchers believe this is the first study to demonstrate the value of a passive infection control intervention, which means it does not rely on staff or patients remembering to take action.

Laboratory tests have shown that when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper products are able to kill more than 99.9 per cent of many common bacteria within two hours of exposure, including MRSA, VRE, E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

This follows news that one in six mobile phones is contaminated with bacteria, making them potentially dangerous in a hospital setting.

Written by Alex Franklin Stortford

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