EVA’s Handle Copper Surfaces Study
“Copper can save lives and billions of dollars” David Zeiler ,In the Heathcare section of Money Morning writes: In less than two hours this material can kill 99.9%, of most of the bacteria on its surface, including E.coli, influenza, staphylococcus and H1N1. A recent four-year trial has shown that using it on such frequently touched hospital items as bed rails, IV poles, tray tables and nurse call buttons reduces infection rates by more than 40%. With hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, such a wonder material could have a profound impact on the health care industry.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that each year HAIs kill more than 100,000 people and inflict costs of $45 billion. Nearly one out of every 20 patients in U.S. hospitals acquires an HAI. So what is this miraculous material? Is it a technological breakthrough born of years of experimentation and hard work by hundreds of scientists toiling in hidden labs?
Not quite In fact, you probably have some in your pocket right now – this magic material is none other than ordinary copper f you use basic calculations from these statisitics, it indicates that at the current cost of $45 billion and by the use copper reduces infections by 40% this could result in saving almost $18 billion each year. If you use copper the rate of 1:20 infected patients could be down to 1:32. It is worth investing in copper devices like Eva’s Handle, don’t you think?
Med Page Today dated October 24, 2011 BOSTON — Equipping hospital rooms with copper surfaces decreased the risk of acquiring an infection by 45%, researchers reported here. The finding comes after a previous study that showed that copper surfaces — such things as bed rails and table tops — harbor significantly lower numbers of microbes than standard materials, according to Cassandra Salgado, MD, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Taken together, the research suggests that using copper surfaces in hospital rooms could markedly lower the incidence of costly and potentially deadly hospital-acquired infections, Salgado said at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Copper has long been known to have antimicrobial properties, probably because its elemental structure disrupts cell membranes, Salgado said. She and colleagues have previously shown that the substance inhibits many common pathogens involved in hospital-acquired infections.
This handle is made of 100% copper and is to be used as a curtain puller in conjunction with the privacy curtains currently being used in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and rehab centers throughout the US.
Copper alloy surfaces have intrinsic properties to destroy a wide range of microorganisms. In the interest of protecting public health, especially in healthcare environments with their susceptible patient populations, an abundance of peer-reviewed antimicrobial efficacy studies have been conducted in the past 10 years regarding copper’s efficacy to destroy E. coli O157:H7, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus, Clostridium difficile, influenza A virus, adenovirus, and fungi [Ref. Copper Touch Surfaces]
This health alert cited below along with a Fox News report on September 23, 2011 shares this ever increasing health problem. (Reuters Health) – The privacy curtains that separate care spaces in hospitals and clinics are frequently contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria, researchers said in Chicago this week. To avoid spreading those bugs, health care providers should make sure to wash their hands after routine contact with the curtains and before interacting with patients, Dr. Michael Ohl, from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, said at the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.”There is growing recognition that the hospital environment plays an important role in the transmission of infections in the health care setting and it’s clear that these (privacy curtains) are potentially important sites of contamination because they are frequently touched by patients and providers,” Dr. Ohl told Reuters Health.
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