Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I Cu Superbugs

Stainless steel door handles and taps at a hospital are being replaced with copper ones in an effort to reduce the presence of superbugs Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and Clostridium difficile.
Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital is swapping steel for copper in an 18-month trial to test the findings. 80% of hospital MRSA transmission is believed to come from contact with surfaces such as door handles, bathroom taps, toilet flush handles and grab rails. To test the theory one general medical ward is having copper installed in preparation for the trial while a similar ward will retain its traditional fittings. Even pens used by staff will be made from copper alloy. Copper reacts with the bacteria and inhibits respiration - the Egyptians may have used copper thousands of years ago to treat infections.

1 comment:

  1. Is there a concern for stainless steel surgical tools? Tables, other stainless steel items... Results from this expt. will be interesting