Practical Aspects of Reducing Bioburden with Copper: Clinical Case Study: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham

Copper Development Association, United Kingdom. 2009 Oct; Publication 202.

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Introduction:

There is now substantial scientific evidence to support the replacement of frequently touched equipment and fittings in the clinical environment with those incorporating copper to reduce contamination and therefore reduce the risk of infection. The Copper Clinical Trial, conducted on a busy medical ward at Selly Oak Hospital, demonstrated a 90-100% reduction in contamination on copper-containing vs standard surfaces. The experience of fitting out the test ward with a full range of copper-containing products has made a major contribution to the understanding of the practical application of the science. (Presented at IHEEM 2009 Conference, Harrogate.)