Hospitals in Japan use antimicrobial copper surfaces to help reduce infection

Hitachi Medical Centre puts antimicrobial beds and overbed tables in convalescent wards

Antimicrobial copper bed rails at Hitachi Medical Centre

Japan is deploying antimicrobial copper in its hospitals to help reduce the spread of infection and improve patient safety. Nine facilities have installed copper surfaces this year – including bed rails, IV drip poles, door furniture, hand rails and computer input devices.

Copper has proven efficacy against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, which is responsible for a high percentage of healthcare-associated infections.

Arakawa Hospital, Kitasato University Hospital, Nagara Medical Centre, Nihonkai General Hospital, Sanmu Medical Centre, Shin-Yurigaoka General Hospital, Shinsei Hospital and Minami Tohoku General Hospital are among the Japanese facilities using touch surfaces made from solid antimicrobial copper alongside existing infection control measures.

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