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Am J Infect Control. 2011 Oct;39(8):e52-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.12.012. Epub 2011 Jun 12.

A comparative study to evaluate surface microbial contamination associated with copper-containing and stainless steel pens used by nurses in the critical care unit.

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  • 1University Hospitals Birmingham, National Health Service Foundation Trust, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK.


A clinical study was undertaken to compare the surface microbial contamination associated with pens constructed of either a copper alloy or stainless steel used by nurses on intensive care units. A significantly lower level of microbial contamination was found on the copper alloy pens.

Copyright © 2011 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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