By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Copper and Infectious Diseases
Can copper surfaces in intensive care units prevent the spread of infectious disease?
That’s what the study, presented at the World Health Organization’s 1st International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday claimed. This study is backed by research teams at three U.S. hospitals suggested four years ago: replacing the most heavily contaminated touch surfaces in ICUs with antimicrobial copper will control bacteria growth and cut down on infection rate.
The use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care unit rooms resulted in a 97 percent reduction of bacteria that cause hospital acquired infections and reduces the risk of acquiring an infection by 40 percent, according to preliminary results of a multisite clinical trial in the United States.
Researchers at the three hospitals involved in the trial – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, both in Charleston, South Carolina – replaced commonly-touched items such as bed rails, overbed tray tables, nurse call buttons and IV poles with antimicrobial copper versions.
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease, strokes and cancer, Reuters reported.
Nearly one in every 20 hospitalized U.S. patients have a chance of developing an HAI, resulting in 100,000 lives lost and cost $45 billion each year, estimates Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
That stat alone is amazing, the 4th leading cause of death in the United States is hospital – acquired infections. If you are a healthcare worker be sure to always wash hands properly and wear protective medical uniforms to protect yourself, your patients, your family and in stopping the hospital acquired infection rate. Visit Fancy Scrubs for these high tech scrubs today.