Self-sanitizing copper-impregnated surfaces for bioburden reduction in patient rooms

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Abstract

Novel self-sanitizing copper oxide-impregnated solid surfaces have the potential to influence bioburden levels, potentially lowering the risk of transmission of pathogens in patient care environments. Our study showed persistently lower microbial burden over a 30-hour sampling period on a copper-impregnated tray table compared with a standard noncopper surface in occupied patient rooms after thorough initial disinfection.

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