Dermatology 2013

Record Number: 4560Author: Niiyama, N., Sasahara, T., Mase, H., Abe, M., Saito, H. and Katsuoka, K.

Year: 2013

Title: Use of copper alloy for preventing transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination in the dermatology ward

Journal: Acta Derm Venereol

Volume: 93

Issue: 3

Pages: 294-300

Date: May

Short Title: Use of copper alloy for preventing transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination in the dermatology ward

Alternate Journal: Acta dermato-venereologica

ISSN: 1651-2057 (Electronic)

0001-5555 (Linking)

DOI: 10.2340/00015555-1472

Accession Number: 23038099

Keywords: *Alloys

*Bedding and Linens

*Copper

Cross Infection/microbiology/*prevention & control/transmission

DNA, Bacterial/isolation & purification

*Dermatology

Equipment Contamination/*prevention & control

Equipment Design

Female

Genotype

*Hospital Units

Humans

Infection Control/*methods

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus/genetics/*isolation &

purification/pathogenicity

Middle Aged

Phenotype

Staphylococcal Skin Infections/microbiology/*prevention & control/transmission

Treatment Outcome

Abstract: 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.

Notes: Niiyama, Nanako

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