Leading Children’s Cancer Hospital Installs Antimicrobial Copper

Antimicrobial Copper IV drip poles at Przylądek Nadziei

Poland’s leading cancer hospital for children—Przylądek Nadziei, the ‘Cape of Hope’—has added antimicrobial copper equipment to their facility, to help prevent the spread of infection and protect vulnerable young patients.

9th August 2016

The Przylądek Nadziei Foundation specialises in bone marrow transplant, with a children’s oncology centre led by Professor Alicja Chybicka, an influential doctor and professor of medical sciences, and a senator elect of the Polish Senate.

‘Infections are a major worry for cancer patients, whose immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy and radiotherapy,’ notes Foundation CEO Agniesza Aleksandrowicz. ‘In the case of young patients, any infection during the course or therapy is life-threatening and leads to complications. This is why methods of infection prevention and means of reducing the spread of pathogens are important to us. I believe that the antimicrobial copper equipment will serve our patients well.’

Przylądek Nadziei now uses antimicrobial copper IV drip poles and medical trays manufactured by local company INMED Karczewscy, and stethoscopes from Taiwanese company Spirit Medical. The selection and sourcing of items were facilitated by European Copper Institute’s Polish office (Europejski Instytut Miedzi, EIM).

‘This equipment is not only functional and hard-wearing, it will help to maintain the highest standards of hygiene,’ notes EIM director Michal Ramczykowski. ‘This centre, which treats the youngest and most vulnerable patients from across the country, deserves access to the latest technologies to protect the health and life of young patients.

Copper is a powerful antimicrobial with rapid, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria and viruses, and has been shown to kill disease-causing pathogens, including Influenza A, E.coli and norovirus. It shares this benefit with a range of copper alloys—such as brasses and bronzes—forming a family of materials collectively called ‘antimicrobial copper’.

Touch surfaces made from solid antimicrobial copper are used by hospitals, schools, mass transit hubs, sports facilities and offices around the world to boost other hygiene measures, such as hand washing, cleaning and disinfection, to help reduce the spread of infections. They continue working in between routine cleans, requiring no additional staff training or special maintenance.

For more information on antimicrobial copper, visit www.antimicrobialcopper.org.


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Bryony Samuel
Communications Officer
Copper Development Association

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.

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