November 8, 2014
Record Number: 4560Author: Niiyama, N., Sasahara, T., Mase, H., Abe, M., Saito, H. and Katsuoka, K.
Title: Use of copper alloy for preventing transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination in the dermatology ward
Journal: Acta Derm Venereol
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)
Accession Number: 23038099
*Bedding and Linens
Cross Infection/microbiology/*prevention & control/transmission
DNA, Bacterial/isolation & purification
Equipment Contamination/*prevention & control
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus/genetics/*isolation &
Staphylococcal Skin Infections/microbiology/*prevention & control/transmission
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