Using anti-microbial copper surfaces in ICUs kills 97 percent of bacteria

Using anti-microbial copper surfaces in ICUs kills 97% of the bacteria that can lead to Hospital-acquired infections, according to Reuters.

Reuters states that the findings come from a study presented at the World Health Organization's International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control in Geneva, Switzerland.   The 97-percent reduction rate is equivalent to the results obtained to a room cleaning after a patient leaves.

The findings showed that in addition to reducing bacteria by 97%, the use of anti-microbial copper in the ICU also reduced the risk of acquiring an infection by 40%.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, July 5, 2011; Reuters, http://www.reuters.com, July 1, 2011)