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Copper trials may begin in hospitals

THE International Copper Association is discussing carrying out trials in local hospitals and health care facilities about using copper made items that patients and medical staff usually touch to prevent hospital acquired infections.

Such practices have proven effective in bacteria control at overseas hospitals and clinics.

The association has cooperated with the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention to launch trials of using copper parts in air-conditioners on buses and water dispensers to make use of copper's natural antimicrobial effects, officials told a Copper Week program at the Chile Pavilion at the World Expo yesterday.

According to officials from the International Copper Association, clinical trials in countries like the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and Chile have proven that copper can kill microbes like Escherichia coli and the super bacteria methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium responsible for several infections.


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