Case for Copper
Every year, in the U.S. alone, 2,000,000 people acquire infections in hospitals resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths. The economic impact to a hospital is staggering. According to a recent study, MRSA alone can cost hospitals roughly $30,000 per case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all hospital-acquired infections can result in up to $33 billion in excess medical costs nationwide per year.
Mounting evidence indicates a correlation between the physical environment in which a patient receives care and the safety and the quality of that care. The presence of MDRO’s has been observed on apparently clean surfaces. Many of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria are transmitted by patient-to-patient or patient-to-surface contact.
Infection Preventionists have a multifaceted role within the organization to influence others with solution-oriented approaches associated with infection control, in addition to the planning, implementation and evaluation of infection prevention measures associated with new construction or renovation of existing health care facilities. Infection Preventionist contribute to the service excellence mission and have become an integral part of the design team.
The Antimicrobial Copper Solution for Infection Control Programs:
CuVerro antimicrobial copper surfaces are the most effective antimicrobial surface in the prevention of hospital acquired infections. This antimicrobial surface helps to create an environment in which patients can use their energy to heal instead of fighting numerous pathogens.
Just’s hand wash station products are produced with CuVerro antimicrobial copper nickel alloy and are application specific to: patient en-suite lavatories, med-surg areas, nursing stations and surgical operating units throughout the hospital
Our new product for infection control environments are made with CuVero antimicrobial copper. It is the only solid surface material registered by the U.S. EPA to continuously kill bacteria* that pose a threat to human health. No other touch surface, including silver-containing coatings, has this kind of registration
Tests by the U.S. Department of Defense have shown that Cu Verro copper-nickel alloy begins killing pathogens* on contact, killing 99.9% within two hours, and keep on killing 24/7. No other solid surface is proven to be more effective in continuously killing bacteria that cause infections.
The “Antimicrobial Suite” is an important element for enhancing infection prevention in the design phase product overview. Specifying hand wash stations with CuVerro antimicrobial copper has a practical implication for a safer, cleaner healthcare facility, and lay the foundation to an affective Infection Control program.
*Testing demonstrates effective antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.