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Copper Continuously Limits the Concentration of Bacteria Resident on Bed Rails within the Intensive Care Unit
Michael G. Schmidt PhD, Hubert H. Attaway III MS, Sarah E. Fairey BS, Lisa L. Steed PhD, Harold T. Michels PhD and Cassandra D. Salgado MD MS
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 34, No. 5, Special Topic Issue: The Role of the Environment in Infection Prevention (May 2013), pp. 530-533
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/670224
Page Count: 4
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Cleaning is an effective way to lower the bacterial burden (BB) on surfaces and minimize the infection risk to patients. However, BB can quickly return. Copper, when used to surface hospital bed rails, was found to consistently limit surface BB before and after cleaning through its continuous antimicrobial activity.
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