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Hospital's use of copper surfaces helped it reduce healthcare-associated infections

from Health Facilities Management

When it comes to adopting a culture of innovation at hospitals, don't let a lack of financial resources hold you back. By constantly turning to the community to find ways to partner around common goals, Grinnell Medical Center has found ways to capitalize on ingenuity without breaking the bank. Grinnell Medical Center partnered with Grinnell College to study how copper surfaces could reduce hospital-acquired infections and, sure enough, biology students found that by using copper (instead of plastic and wood) on high-touch surfaces within a hospital setting (such as grab bars, keyboards, switches and sinks), they were able to dramatically reduce the amount of bacteria present. more

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