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Copper Continuously Limits the Concentration of Bacteria Resident on Bed Rails within the Intensive Care Unit

  • Michael G. Schmidt (a1), Hubert H. Attaway (a1), Sarah E. Fairey (a1), Lisa L. Steed (a2), Harold T. Michels (a3) and Cassandra D. Salgado (a4)...

Cleaning is an effective way to lower the bacterial burden (BB) on surfaces and minimize the infection risk to patients. However, BB can quickly return. Copper, when used to surface hospital bed rails, was found to consistently limit surface BB before and after cleaning through its continuous antimicrobial activity.

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Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, 173 Ashley Avenue, BSB 319G, Charleston, SC 29425 (
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