Copper Surfaces Reduce the Rate of Healthcare-Acquired Infections in the Intensive Care Unit

  title={Copper Surfaces Reduce the Rate of Healthcare-Acquired Infections in the Intensive Care Unit},
  author={Cassandra D. Salgado and Kent a. Sepkowitz and Joseph John and J. Robert Cantey and Hubert H. Attaway and Katherine D Freeman and Peter A. Sharpe and Harold. T. Michels and Michael G. Schmidt},
  journal={Infection Control \&\#x0026; Hospital Epidemiology},
  pages={479 - 486}
Objective. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) cause substantial patient morbidity and mortality. Items in the environment harbor microorganisms that may contribute to HAIs. Reduction in surface bioburden may be an effective strategy to reduce HAIs. The inherent biocidal properties of copper surfaces offer a theoretical advantage to conventional cleaning, as the effect is continuous rather than episodic. We sought to determine whether placement of copper alloy-surfaced objects in an intensive… 

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