The antimicrobial efficacy of copper alloy furnishing in the clinical environment: a crossover study.

@article{Karpanen2012TheAE,
  title={The antimicrobial efficacy of copper alloy furnishing in the clinical environment: a crossover study.},
  author={Tarja J. Karpanen and Anna L. Casey and Peter A. Lambert and Barry D. Cookson and Peter William Nightingale and Lisa Miruszenko and Tom S. J. Elliott},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={33 1},
  pages={3-9}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine whether copper incorporated into hospital ward furnishings and equipment can reduce their surface microbial load. DESIGN A crossover study. SETTING Acute care medical ward with 19 beds at a large university hospital. METHODS Fourteen types of frequent-touch items made of copper alloy were installed in various locations on an acute care medical ward. These included door handles and push plates, toilet seats and flush handles, grab rails, light switches and pull cord… CONTINUE READING