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Use of Copper Alloy for Preventing Transmission of Methicillin-Resistant Contamination in the Dermatology Ward.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23038099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Metallic copper has been shown significantly to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) contamination of the ambient surroundings of the beds of MRSA-carrying patients in dermatology wards. The aim of this study was to determine whether a bed sheet made of copper-coated film will reduce the spread of MRSA contamination in the environment of a heavily-colonized patient. The bacterial count was highest on the bed sheet. MRSA cell counts on the surface of the non-film-coated control sheet were high (6,600-11,000 colony forming units (cfu)), but those on the copper film were considerably lower (20-130 cfu). Use of metallic copper on the bed sheets of patients who are likely to be a source of MRSA contamination may help to prevent the spread of MRSA contamination in hospital wards.
Authors:
Nanako Niiyama; Takeshi Sasahara; Hiroshi Mase; Michiko Abe; Haruo Saito; Kensei Katsuoka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta dermato-venereologica     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1651-2057     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Derm. Venereol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370310     Medline TA:  Acta Derm Venereol     Country:  -    
Other Details:
Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Dermatology, Kitasato University 1-15-1 Kitasato, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan. sniiyama@aol.com.
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