Grinnell Regional Medical Center was among the first US hospitals to boost hygiene with solid antimicrobial copper surfaces, and two videos shot there examine the benefits and ease of installing copper.
Grinnell Regional Medical Center—the largest hospital in Iowa, with 49 beds and serving 40,000 residents—installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces throughout its facilities as a boost to existing infection prevention and control measures to further protect patients, staff and visitors from the spread of infection. Items upgraded include sinks and taps, overbed tables, IV drip poles, keyboards, door and cupboard handles, dispenser levers and electrical sockets.
Todd Linden, CEO of Grinnell, observed: ‘A wonderful thing about copper is it’s doing its job to kill bacteria 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and so at the end of the day when I go home, I know we’ve got a new ally for fighting the potential for infection in our hospital, and that makes me feel great.’
Two videos featuring Grinnell—Installing Antimicrobial Copper Components and Cleaning and Maintaining Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces—were created to help educate hospital executives and their staff on the benefits and ease of installing antimicrobial copper components.
Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.
Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.