Sentara Healthcare is in the midst of a systemwide rollout of copper-infused linens, patient gowns and hard surfaces for all inpatient rooms at its 12 hospitals. The move is part of an effort to reduce health care-associated infections in its Virginia and North Carolina hospitals, and follows the results of a 10-month study published in the American Journal of Infection Control last fall.
The study compared pathogen rates of two patient towers at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va. One of the towers was razed and replaced in 2014 and fitted with a host of copper-infused products for such high-touch objects as bedrails, bedside tables and linens. The other was given the same treatment in 2015. The hospital compared its 2014 data with baseline data from 2013, taking into account that the new patient towers housed mainly surgical patients while the old tower was used for patients with chronic diseases.
The results from the clinical trial showed that hard surfaces and linens infused with copper-oxide compounds contributed to an 83 percent reduction in Clostridium difficile and a 78 percent overall reduction in multidrug-resistant organisms.
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