Using copper against ‘superbugs’

Using copper objects in hospitals reduces infection rates, a US study has found.

Patients were randomly assigned to rooms in intensive care units, some of which had been fitted with copper objects, such as the nurses’ call button.

The researchers followed up on the patients and found lower rates of bacterial infection among those who stayed in the rooms fitted with copper objects.

This research has implications for combatting strains of bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics, or “superbugs”.

Read more at Medical University of South Carolina