The First 5 Items to Copperize in a Patient’s Room
You’ve heard me talk about the benefits of antimicrobial copper quite a few times already. I’ve shared facts and trivia, showed videos, and addressed doubts. But switching to copper can be overwhelming. Maybe you’re even panicking a little, thinking, “There are so many surfaces I touch every day, should I just construct a building entirely out of copper and be done with it?” If you actually want to do that, go for it! And make sure you use Midbrook Medical for the supplies :). But the rest of us need to start a little more slowly.
Maybe you’re trying to convince your boss copper is a worthwhile investment. Maybe you don’t have the funds to go copper crazy just yet. Or maybe you just have to see something to believe it. All of this is completely fair.
So let’s start with one room. One room, 5 items. That sounds a little bit more realistic doesn’t it? Here’s where you can start:
1. IV Pole
Patients who are hooked up to an IV have to take that pole everywhere. It’s next to their bed at night, they push it along as they walk up and down the hallway, and it’s even with them in the bathroom… Need I say more?
If someone is a hospital patient then, obviously, they are not at their full health. Maybe they broke their leg, maybe they’re getting chemotherapy, or maybe they already have an HAI. No matter what, the chances of them using their bedrail for support to get in and out of the bed, and spreading their germs all over it at the same time, are high.
3. Chair armrests
We talk about patients spreading their infections, but what about the visitors? No one is screening them to make sure they’re healthy before they walk into the room. A patient’s younger brother could still be in the early stages of a MRSA infection when he comes to visit his sibling and sits down in that chair.
4. Over-bed table
This table is what the patient’s FOOD is touching, which puts us in a tricky situation when it comes to cleanliness. Obviously, you can’t use any spray or solution that could possibly be toxic, but the surface that could come into contact with the patient’s mashed potatoes needs to be as bacteria-free as possible.
5. Mayo Stand
The Mayo Stand is where a doctor sets his or her actual surgical instruments. Enough said.
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Well, I’ve given you 5. You’re ahead of the game.