Parkview Hospital Deploys Antimicrobial Copper Door & Cabinet Hardware

Parkview Hospital Deploys Antimicrobial Copper Door & Cabinet Hardware
08 May 2017

By Adam Estelle, Project Engineer for the Copper Development Association

Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne, Indiana installed roughly 40 Antimicrobial Copper locksets and numerous cabinet pulls to supplement their infection control program and further enhance their commitment to patient safety.  The durable and attractive components supplied by TRIMCO provide 24/7 defense against infection-causing bacteria* including MRSA and E. coli.

According to Scott Stienecker, MD, medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention, Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates, “Parkview is beginning to transition from vertical to horizontal infection prevention strategies that help to further prevent risk of transmission regardless of the kind of infection. This includes an emphasis on hand washing and self-decontaminating surfaces.  Exploring the use of copper to replace existing components in frequently-touched surfaces will help to enhance those strategies.”

For more information about Antimicrobial Copper, EPA-registered suppliers and other facilities that have deployed bacteria-killing Antimicrobial Copper surfaces, visit www.antimicrobialcopper.org/us.

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*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.

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