FIGHTING NOSOCOMIAL INFECTIONS WITH BIOCIDAL NON-INTRUSIVE HARD AND SOFT SURFACES
A nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infection is a new infection that develops in a patient during hospitalization. Nosocomial infections (NI) are a worldwide problem that occur both in developed and in developing countries. A potential overlooked and neglected source of nosocomial pathogens are those found in non-intrusive soft and hard surfaces located in clinical settings.
Recently it has been demonstrated that copper surfaces and copper oxide containing textiles have potent intrinsic biocidal properties.This manuscript reviews the recent laboratory and clinical studies, which demonstrate that biocidal surfaces made of copper or containing copper can reduce the microbiological burden and the NI rates.
Authors: Borkow G, Monk A. Fighting nosocomial infections with biocidal non-intrusive hard and soft surfaces. World J Clin Infect Dis 2012; 2(4): 77-90