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MONITOR

Sentara Healthcare's
test of copperinfused products
includes staff work
station counters
(above), patient bed
tables and linens,
and bathroom
counters (right).

Plenty has been done within
healthcare organizations
across the country to reduce
the spread of healthcareassociated infections (HAIs).
Measures such as readily
accessible handwashing sinks
have been put in place, and
facilities are tracking staff compliance, too. But
human processes have limits, says Dr. Gene Burke,
vice president and executive medical director, clinical effectiveness, Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.).
While his organization saw a tenfold reduction
in the incidence rate of HAIs thanks to such approaches, Sentara was looking for even more improvement in its 11 acute care hospitals in Virginia.
In February 2012, as Sentara was getting ready
to start construction on a new replacement facility for Sentara Leigh Hospital (Norfolk, Va.), the
organization was approached by EOS Surfaces

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(Norfolk, Va.) and Cupron
(Richmond, Va.) about taking part in a research study
to measure the efficacy of
their antimicrobial copperinfused hard surface and
linen products. "We'd
pretty much exhausted the
reach of human process,"
Burke says. "Looking for
the next step, we thought
this was going to be a possible answer, so we agreed
to find a way for them to test [these products] in a
real-world hospital environment."
Sentara's multi-phased construction project included a new 129-bed tower, so the organization decided to introduce the copper-infused products there
while maintaining status quo in the existing wing.
Opened in November 2013, the new tower's
patient care areas, including nursing units, visitor
lounges, and patient rooms, have been outfitted
with copper-infused countertops, bed rails, and bed
tables, which have been EPA-approved to kill
99.9 percent of bacteria in less than two hours.
In early 2014, the hospital will also introduce
copper-infused hospital gowns, pillowcases, and
towels in the new tower. In addition, a smaller study is
being conducted at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
(Norfolk, Va.), where two side-by-side critical care
units that share the same nursing staff will test the
fabrics in one unit for six months before switching
them to the other unit for another six months.
As part of its evaluation, Sentara will look at infection rates-such as urinary catheter-associated and
central line blood stream infections-to see if there's
a decrease in their development and whether there's
a dip in the number of antibiotics prescribed as a
result of HAIs. "It's data that every hospital has about
itself, because we all report it to the federal government," Burke says. "That way, two years from now,
a hospital out there can take the data it already has,
look at this experience, and know whether this stuff
will make a difference or not in its world."
Sentara plans to conduct a year-long study at both
facilities and share the data with the industry in early
2015.-AD

STEVE BUDMAN

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