New Research Presents Anti-Infection Qualities of Copper

June 30, 2011

Recent research to be unveiled on July 1, 2011 demonstrates how copper’s anti-infection properties are finally being recognized by modern medicine.

Copper’s anti-infection properties have been known at least since the days of scalpel-wielding ancient Egyptians, but modern medicine has not fully exploited these benefits — until now.

According to Reuters, clinical evidence will be released on July 1, 2011 showing how hospitals can reduce infections by using copper touch-surfaces for many types of healthcare facility equipment. Examples of use are intravenous poles, over-the-patient tables, bed rails, door knobs, and nurse call buttons.

The clinical evidence comes from a four-year study of three U.S. hospitals. Dr. Michael Schmidt, professor of microbiology at the Medical University of South Carolina and other teams of doctors reviewed data collected from copper surfaces to study if the metal reduces hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

The research was funded by the U.S. Defense Department and was spearheaded by the Copper Development Association.

The results of the study are to be showcased at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Source: Analysis: socks, bedpans among copper’s growth markets. Reuters, June 30, 2011.

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