Lubin Hospital—one of Poland’s top healthcare facilities, consistently ranking in the country’s top ten safest hospitals—has just opened a modernised block with new operating theatres fully-equipped with antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.
21 February 2017
Owned by KGHM Capital Group and operated by their medical company Miedziowe Centrum Zdrowia (MCZ), Lubin Hospital already boasts antimicrobial copper surfaces in its anaesthesiology, cardiology intensive care, intensive care, oncology and otolaryngology departments, including handrails, IV poles and shelving. The extensive fit-out of its new operating theatres adds antimicrobial copper door furniture, electrical sockets, light switches, medical gas panels, surgical lamps and anaesthesia trolleys. The most frequently-touched surfaces were those targeted for replacement.
‘We have been planning to comprehensively equip our operating theatres with antimicrobial copper surfaces for some time. I’m delighted we have now managed to realise this project,’ says Piotr Milczanowski, CEO of MCZ. ‘We constantly strive to implement the latest solutions for protecting our patients and staff from infections, and pride ourselves on meeting high standards of safety and quality of services. Antimicrobial copper is an important part of that ongoing commitment.’
Copper is a powerful antimicrobial with broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria and viruses, proven to rapidly destroy pathogens including influenza A, E.coli and norovirus, and resistant bacteria such as MRSA. It shares this benefit with a range of copper alloys—such as brasses and bronzes—forming a family of solid materials called ‘antimicrobial copper’. These familiar engineering materials perform their primary function—delivering hard-wearing surfaces that meet the demands of a busy clinical environment—with the additional benefit of continuously reducing bioburden and thus reducing the risk of infections spreading.
In hospital trials, antimicrobial copper surfaces have been found to harbour >80% less contamination than non-copper surfaces. A multi-centre ICU trial in the US further found the bioburden reduction was associated with a 58% reduction in infections.
Lubin Hospital joins other facilities worldwide already adding antimicrobial copper surfaces to their arsenal of infection prevention and control measures. For more information on antimicrobial copper—including case studies—visit www.antimicrobialcopper.org.
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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.