Use of Copper Alloy for Preventing Transmission of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Contamination in the Dermatology Ward

NIIYAMA, Nanako; SASAHARA, Takeshi; MASE, Hiroshi; ABE, Michiko; SAITO, Haruo; KATSUOKA, Kensei
May 2013
Acta Dermato-Venereologica;2013, Vol. 93 Issue 3, p294
Academic Journal
Metallic copper has been shown significantly to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) contamination of the ambient surroundings of the beds of MRSA-carrying patients in dermatology wards. The aim of this study was to determine whether a bed sheet made of copper-coated film will reduce the spread of MRSA contamination in the environment of a heavily-colonized patient. The bacterial count was highest on the bed sheet. MRSA cell counts on the surface of the non-film-coated control sheet were high (6,600-11,000 colony forming units (cfu)), but those on the copper film were considerably lower (20-130 cfu). Use of metallic copper on the bed sheets of patients who are likely to be a source of MRSA contamination may help to prevent the spread of MRSA contamination in hospital wards.


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