Bed-Techs and Innovation
Bed-Techs designed and supplied anti-microbial bed rails used in one of two programs funded by the U.S. Congress studying the antimicrobial properties of copper alloys. The first study related to touch surfaces found in healthcare facilities, which are a potential means of cross-contamination. The objective is to help reduce the measure of pathogens in those environments and ultimately stem the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The primary partners in the touch surface study included Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City; Medical University of South Carolina and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, both located in Charleston, South Carolina The study proposals were initiated by the Copper Development Association. The Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) of Charleston, South Carolina, directs the program on behalf of TATRC/USAMRMC.
On February 29, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered 275 copper alloys as antimicrobial materials.
What's underlying that registration? The fact that when uncoated, these alloys kill more than 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria*, including MRSA. And, these solid materials can be used to make surfaces that are frequently touched, offering a second line of defense against bacteria*.
* It’s important to remember that the use of antimicrobial copper is a supplement to routine infection control practices; it does not act as a substitute for them.