Monday, December 22nd 2008

Copper Versus Superbugs

A small study in the United Kingdom found that replacing door handles, faucet fixtures and toilet seats with copper replacements could work as an infection control method.

During the ten-week trial on a medical ward, a set of taps, a lavatory seat and a push plate on an entrance door were replaced with copper versions. They were swabbed twice a day for bugs and the results compared with a traditional tap, lavatory seat and push plate elsewhere in the ward.

The copper items had up to 95 per cent fewer bugs on their surface whenever they were tested, a U.S. conference on antibiotics heard yesterday.

You of course want to see an actual effect on nosocomial infection rates, but this is still interesting. And this is always good,

Lab tests show that the metal kills off the deadly MRSA and C difficile superbugs.

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