Hospitals Across North America Install Antimicrobial Copper

Hospitals Across North America Install Antimicrobial Copper
09 Apr 2015

Effective infection control and prevention is an ongoing challenge for healthcare facilities. Tactics to reduce the onset of hospital-acquired infections, such as campaigns to encourage more hand washing by healthcare workers and the proliferation of hand sanitizer stations throughout hospitals have brought about improvements, but overall the problem persists. The main reason– hospitals are fighting an invisible enemy – germs. The bacteria, viruses, and fungi that cause these potentially deadly infections are invisible to the naked eye, thus it’s impossible to know when they are present. As a result, they can accumulate on surfaces that are commonly touched by multiple individuals, spread very quickly and cause infections.

Now, a new tool has emerged to support infection prevention efforts and programs already in place at healthcare facilities.  This tool is antimicrobial copper touch surfaces. Antimicrobial copper has been scientifically proven to kill the bacteria that cause infections, non-stop 24/7. Products such as door knobs, hand rails, keyboards, can actively kill bacteria continuously without human intervention when they’re made from antimicrobial copper. Hospitals throughout the country are now beginning to adopt this technology.

To this end, the Copper Development Association has created the Patient Safety Challenge. The Patient Safety Challenge rewards hospitals that have shown a strong commitment to their patients and are planning on enhancing their efforts with copper. The Copper Development Association has created this challenge as a mechanism to accelerate their adoption of copper touch surfaces.

The winners: Pullman Regional Hospital and Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital.

Pullman Regional Hospital is a small hospital known for big ideas and bold visions. Located in the heart of Palouse, a vast geographic area spanning southeastern Washington and northern Idaho, the hospital has a reputation for applying cutting-edge technology to deliver the best care possible to the community it serves.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of northwest Connecticut. As the premiere healthcare provider in the region, Charlotte provides quality, compassionate and cost-effective services that continually meet and exceed patient needs. The Hospital has exceptionally low infection rates and continually strives to reduce rates to the lowest possible level.


















*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, 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 or infections; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.

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