Copper-Impregnated Surfaces, Linens Linked to Reduced HAI Rates
November 23, 2016 | Risk Management News
A new hospital wing incorporating copper-impregnated composite hard surfaces and linens demonstrated a reduced rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) when compared with an existing 1970s-era hospital wing. The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Rooms in both wings were single occupancy, though new rooms were larger. "High-touch areas" in the new wing were specifically targeted to use the copper-impregnated composite surface. This included sinks, vanities, patient room desks, computer stations, utility rooms, nurse workstations, over-the-bed tray tables, and bed rails. Linens included patient gowns, bed sheets, pillowcases, washcloths and towels, and thermal blankets.