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A modest investment of $1,000 to $1,500 per patient room or exam room
can fund an upgrade of door levers, cabinet and drawer pulls, and sink handles for these most frequently touched surfaces. A more robust outfitting of
patient rooms can run $7,700 to $15,000 per room, according to the Copper
Development Association Inc. Its business case for a 420-bed facility, fully
outfitted with antimicrobial copper on high-touch surfaces, projects a payback in less than a year. This is based upon the projected reduction of HAIs
in a hypothetical facility that uses national averages of HAI incidents.
An independent study done by the Medical University of South Carolina
confirmed that use of antimicrobial copper surfaces reduced the microbial
burden by 83 percent on the six most highly touched surfaces. The 43-month
study concluded that "use of copper surfaces on commonly touched objects
could provide a substantially safer environment." One of the lead researchers, Michael Schmidt, further stated that "given
that the average hospital-acquired infection in
WHILE NOT COMMON
the U.S. conservatively adds an additional 19 days
of hospitalization and $43,000 in costs, the use of
IN FIXED LIGHTING FOR
antimicrobial copper surfaces warrants further
HEALTHCARE, UV LIGHTING
study and optimization."

IS BECOMING A POPULAR

I N T E G R AT I N G M E TA L S I N T O N O N M E TA L L I C S U R FA C E S

Copper oxide, also referred to as cuprous oxide, warrants its own category. This product is

WEAPON FOR POSTOCCUPANCY CLEANING
ARSENALS.

produced by a heating process combined with
a chemical mixing procedure. One company
has developed the use of copper oxide, which
is mixed a minimum of 16 percent into product options, to use in high-touch surfaces to kill
HAI pathogens, including mold and mildew. By
integrating copper oxide into the base material
of solid surfaces and plastic injection-molded
products, copper oxide provides the pathogenkiller for high-touch surfaces where metallic
surfaces may not be preferred. Product options
include solid surface countertops, integral sink
fixtures, shower pans, wall panels in clinical
work zones, bedside tabletops, and over-bed
tables.
Injection-molded plastic with copper oxide
is used for such items as bed-rail covers, exam
or patient chair arms, and corridor handrails.
The injection-molded options have allowed
healthcare facilities to retrofit existing patient rooms and furnishings independent of
more costly room renovations and demolitionintensive projects. The cost premium is approximately $40 per square foot of surface. To outfit a


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - October 2016

Healthcare Design - October 2016
Contenst
EDITORIAL
SHOW TALK
PHOTO TOUR
THE SUITE LIFE
FIRST LOOK
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
BEYOND THE ROOM
INFECTION CONTROL
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT
THE CENTER
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
FACE TIME
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - EDITORIAL
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - SHOW TALK
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - PHOTO TOUR
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - THE SUITE LIFE
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - FIRST LOOK
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - INFECTION CONTROL
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - THE CENTER
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Healthcare Design - October 2016 - FACE TIME
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