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Surface Materials Influence on MRSA Contamination [NC003]
This session reveals a health danger in materials that designers should fully understand, so as to minimize the danger. We’ll amplify a study designed to determine and combat infections on hospital surfaces. One essential and alarming statistic is that contaminated environmental surfaces, furniture and equipment have been associated with outbreaks of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). In fact, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) accounts for more than 50% of all hospital acquired Staphylococcus aureus and can remain viable for up to 14 days on a variety of surfaces. Often, studies evaluating surface contamination do not specify the material composition of the surface. Our study helps to remedy this shortcoming by focusing on the following materials: 1) stainless steel; 2) solid surface; 3) high-pressure laminate; 4) copper sheet; and 5) cupron-enhanced solid surface. Our study’s objective was to compare common surfaces used in healthcare and other institutional indoor environments to determine which material may have advantages in minimizing risk of HAIs. [INTERMEDIATE][FM][HC][HSW]

Jun 3, 2020 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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