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Copper door handles and taps kill 95% of superbugs in hospitals

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TexasPediRN specializes in Pediatrics Only.

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:mad:

Interesting concept though..copper in hospitals ..

I would love to see it happen...should cut down on the infection rate too..

-Meg

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*LadyJane* has 4 years experience and specializes in LTC, wound care.

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Perhaps they were talking about Silvadene cream, the cream usually used on burn patients?

oh and a clean silver dollar (back when they were pure silver) was kept in the water container and the milk container to help keep the bacteria down in those liquids, too.

Jane:nurse:

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LOL I guess I couldn't help but laugh if I saw a family member taking off with a toilet seat! This is very interesting though, maybe soon we'll all have copper plated rooms :rolleyes:

That is funny!

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RedZeppelinRN specializes in med/surg.

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Reminds me of that old wives tale to rub a penny on a wart every day for 10 days and it would disappear. Maybe there is truth to this?:bowingpur

I'm going to go look for some pennies. Concept is very interesting,though.

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Reminds me of that old wives tale to rub a penny on a wart every day for 10 days and it would disappear. Maybe there is truth to this?:bowingpur

Warts are typically viral (HPV). If the old wive's tale has any truth it's removing the wart due to essentially abrasion and not the bacteriostatic properties of copper.

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Warts are typically viral (HPV). If the old wive's tale has any truth it's removing the wart due to essentially abrasion and not the bacteriostatic properties of copper.

The article claims copper plumbing also kills the flu virus, go figure.

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Unfortunately.......

Today's pennies (since 1982) are made from coin blanks made of 99.2% zinc and 0.8% copper, with an outer plating of pure copper.

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I knew there was a catch!

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There is a huge problem here in Texas with stealing copper anything. Phone lines, highway lights, utility poles and ac units. Churches, construction sites and retirement centers are being hit. Are other areas having this problem?

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Well, at first I saw at the bottom of the cited article that the research was funded by the Copper indsutry. (Sort of like the coffee industry funding research to show coffee is good for you.)

But then I looked a little more and found a reference to a Science 4-7-08 article which shows EPA endorsement to some extent (but the EPA stresses it is not a sibstitute for handwashing--although a Colo Univ article this past week shows an average 150 types of bacteria on our hands--with the left and right hands having different bacteria! but that average handwashing may NOT remove all of the bacteria) See

http://media.www.theticker.org/media/storage/paper909/news/2008/04/07/Science/Copper.Alloys.Can.Kill.LifeThreatening.Bacteria-3306146.shtml regarding copper.

(For the CU handwashing research announced this week see http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-11/uoca-whm102908.php )

Like silver, copper may be a bactericide because it causes ionization, leading to fast deterioration in the bacterial cell walls. (Perhaps zinc does the same thing for baby oinment we're starting to use in the hospital--but it does break down OUR cell walls, apparently.) With silver it causes a small electrical current that zaps teh bacteria, so to speak.

See

http://www.lenntech.com/water-disinfection/disinfectants-copper-silver-ionization.htm

which also says that NASA used silver-copper lining for its drinking water lines in its spacecraft.

But it would be nice to find some independent research substantiating copper as a bacericide. Why copper pipes after all these years? I guess plumbers knew it first.

Begs further Interenet searches.

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