Study Reinforces Copper's Positive Role in Infection Prevention

Hospitals may see lower microbial burden and risk of infections if traditional surfaces are replaced with copper, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

 

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For the study, researchers sampled the microbial burden on six objects in 16 rooms across three hospitals. On the 23rd month, the researchers installed copper-alloy surfaces in eight of those rooms. An analysis reveals the copper surfaces led to an 83 percent reduction in microbial burden compared to control rooms.

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