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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 May;34(5):530-3. doi: 10.1086/670224.

Copper continuously limits the concentration of bacteria resident on bed rails within the intensive care unit.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23571374
DOI:
10.1086/670224
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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