Sentara Healthcare are looking at using copper infused linens, gowns, bed rails and tray tables to help in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections.
Every little step forward helps. In the fight against HAI, awareness and taking active preventative steps is of utmost importance. The best performing hospitals do all of this and then go back and measure the effectiveness of each incremental step.
The use of copper to ward off infection goes back to Egyptian times, when it was used to sterilize chest wounds. Now it’s popping up in hospitals in the form of bed linens, patient gowns and countertops, and a paper being released this week centers on a local hospital where copper-infused products were linked to a drop in hospital-acquired infections. It’s not the first such study done on the subject, but it is the largest clinical trial of copper products in a hospital setting. While copper’s germ-fighting properties are well documented, this study tried to hone in on the role surfaces like countertops and bed linens play in transmitting infection.