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Consider copper surfaces

Consider copper surfaces
5 ways to reduce hospital-acquired infections
April 24, 2014
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By Katie Sullivan

Copper surfaces on bed rails, tables, IV poles and nurse call buttons could reduce infections by as much as 60 percent, as seen in a study from researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and published last year in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

The electrical conductivity of copper "literally steals the electricity inside the microbes, rendering them inactive," researcher Michael Schmidt, Ph.D., said in a Medical University of South Carolina announcement, as FierceHealthcare previously reported. "They literally die because they run out of juice."

Hospitals don't even have to change their cleaning practices. The copper surfaces reduced colonization of multidrug-resistant microbes, such as MRSA.