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Copper in the ICU may ward off health care-acquired infections
Copper in the ICU may ward off health care-acquired infections

(April 9, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From South Carolina – A new report published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology finds that copper surfaces in the ICU can greatly reduce health care-acquired infections. Researchers randomly assigned ICU patients at three hospitals to receive traditional care or to be placed in a room with copper-based bed rails, tables, IV poles and call buttons. Results showed that patients in the copper surfaced room were much less likely to develop methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) than those in traditional hospital rooms.

 
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