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Wish You Could Prevent The Spread of MRSA, CRE and E-coli More Easily? With Antimicrobial Copper, You Can.

This video will make you wish your hospital used Antimicrobial Copper. Antimicrobial Copper is used all over the world yet many hospitals still havent caught on to the highly effective strategy. Whether you work in a healthcare facility or you find yourself visiting the hospital, remind your healthcare authorities, they could be protecting patients from potentially lethal bacteria by utilizing the power of Antimicrobial Copper. The biggest culprits transferring bacteria like overbed trays, I.V. poles, table tops, handrails and more can become safer for both patients and employees as well.

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by | 11/07/2013 · 11:40 am

How To Kill The Norovirus



New research carried out in the South could help wipe out the winter vomiting bug norovirus, saving hundreds of lives. Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered that copper kills the bug almost instantly.

Experts say if the surfaces we touch constantly like door handles, taps and stair rails are made with the metal, it would drastically reduce the spread of infections. Christine Alsford spoke to Professor Bill Keevil from the University of Southampton and a norovirus patient Serena Spencer-Jones.

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by | 09/18/2013 · 10:00 am

September 10, 2013


Did you know?

Built in ancient Egypt, the Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. When archaeologists excavated the Pyramid more than 5,000 years after it was built, the copper tubing used in its plumbing system was still functional. Now that’s some durable construction!

source: copper.org

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August 29, 2013


Infection Prevention- “And” is Better

Have you seen the new Ford commercials?

It’s a pretty ridiculous ad, but do you see their point? Why would we choose between two options when having both is better? In the case of Ford, a foot activated lift gate AND great gas mileage is better than one or the other. And what about these other duos?

Macaroni AND cheese, Bert AND Ernie, Twist AND Shout…

Better together, right?

It reminds me of the sentiment that I’ve seen reiterated over and over in LinkedIn discussions, news articles, and success stories: infection prevention needs an all-hands-on-deck and it doesn’t have just one solution. When it comes to infection prevention, “and” is better.

In a patient’s room:

  • Hand hygiene: cuts down on the spread of germs and bacteria, but it’s impossible to ensure 100% compliance
  • Antimicrobial copper: kills 99.9% of surface bacteria within 2 hours, but it’s not financially possible for most hospitals to copperize every single surface in a hospital
  • Hand hygiene AND Antimicrobial copper: eliminating more germs and bacteria through hand hygiene and copper high touch surfaces

In an instrument washer:

  • Ultrasonic bath: breaks up bioburden on instrument surface
  • Ozonated water: world’s most effective bacteria-killer
  • Ultrasonic bath AND Ozonated water: elimination of bioburden and bacteria leading to instruments that consistently pass AAMI standards

In disinfection:

  • UVC full room disinfection machine: disinfects rooms, but only the surfaces facing the machine
  • UV Flash: 360° disinfection of hard to clean objects at a high risk for cross-contamination such as stethoscopes, laptops, and more
  • UVC full room disinfection machine AND UV Flash: ability to disinfect rooms as well as the entire surface area of commonly used objects; both of which cuts down on cross-contamination

Creating standards:

  • Standardized processes: ensures everyone is following the best proven procedures while cleaning instruments in sterile processing departments, preparing a room for a new patients, etc.
  • Standardized results: ensures that each healthcare facility is aiming for an objective and measurable level of clean
  • Standardized processes AND results: no more articles with tips on which hospitals to choose and which to avoid because everyone is following the same procedures and achieving the same high level of clean

Yup, “and” is definitely better.

What are some other infection prevention combinations you can think of?

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August 27, 2013


Did you know?

Most of you know Charles Darwin for his work on the theory of evolution. But did you know this 19th century scientist also took advantage of the antimicrobial properties of copper? Darwin’s ship, The H.M.S. Beagle, had a copper covering on the submerged section of the ship’s hull. This covering kept barnacles and other microorganisms from attaching to the ship, keeping The H.M.S. Beagle in shipshape (pun intended) condition.

source: copper.org

And here’s the answer to yesterday’s Mash Up!

The Medici Effect wordsearch full answers

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August 23, 2013


5 Examples of the Medici Effect at Midbrook Medical

On Wednesday, we learned about The Medici Effect, an idea that is changing the way we look at innovation. In case you missed it, watch this short video to learn about this phenomenon in the words of Frans Johansson, the author of the book The Medici Effect.

Crazy stuff, right? And it’s true. If you mentally scroll through the most innovative ideas you’ve heard lately, I’d be willing to bet they are all examples of this Medici Effect, all examples of taking an out-of-the-box approach to creating ideas. At Midbrook Medical, we work to take this approach every single day. Here are 5 of our Medici Effects:

 1. “Clean as a Result, Not a Process”

  • Automotive Industry + Healthcare

Before the creation of Midbrook Medical, we were simply Midbrook Inc. Instead of manufacturing washers for surgical instruments and carts, we manufactured washers for automotive parts. We are located 70 miles west of Detroit, aka the “Motor City”, so we worked with the best of the best and became the supplier of choice for the Big 3 domestic automotive companies as well as their largest tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers. We don’t come from a background in healthcare. We come from a background in clean.

And this is exactly what set us apart when we transitioned into the medical world in 2007. The “Motor City” was struggling, and we knew we couldn’t depend on them to keep us going. We decided to take what we had learned about clean in the automotive industry and apply it to a world where the difference between clean and dirty is literally a matter of life or death: healthcare.

When a car part is being washed, that part has to hit a certain cleanliness level every single step of the way before it can move forward. Companies in the automotive industry are sticklers for results, not processes, because the result is what sells. And if an automotive company refuses to put a part in your minivan unless it achieves a specific level of clean, shouldn’t we make sure a surgical instrument being put in a living, breathing human body also hits a specific level of clean? With that thought, the automotive industry and healthcare industry collided, and we settled in nicely at the intersection, promoting “clean as a result, not a process”.

2. MediCount ATP Testing Device

  • “Clean as a Result, Not a Process” + Food Industry + Healthcare

You just learned about the belief that clean should be a measurable and objective result. But how do we objectively measure clean? The results from instrument washers such as The Tempest have been tested repeatedly, and we can hold up those statistics as objective proof. And we can prove the effectiveness of the UV Flash or antimicrobial copper (both of which you’ll hear about in a minute) with lab tests and studies. But, in the real world, on a day to day basis, how do YOU objectively measure clean?

Once again, the answer was found outside the healthcare world. For years, the Food Service Industry has used ATP testing on a daily basis to ensure their facilities are sanitary. ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is a high energy molecule required for cellular activity, so wherever you find ATP you’ll find life. In the case of the Food Service Industry and now the Healthcare Industry, wherever you find ATP you’ll find bacteria or germs. The Midbrook ATP Testing Device detects the presence of ATP on counters, instruments, and more according to measurable and customizable standards.

 3. Ozonated Water

  • Water Bottling Industry + Healthcare

Midbrook Medical isn’t the only division of Midbrook Inc. One of our other sectors is CapSnap Equipment, the leading provider of high-quality water bottling equipment and services. One of the reasons CapSnap is so renowned is because of their attention to detail. When a 5 gallon jug is being cleaned for reuse, it has to follow a specific process. It is washed, rinsed, sanitized, refilled, and, finally, capped. Before the plastic cap is automatically placed on the jug it is shot with a blast of ozonated water to kill any final bacteria that might have formed inside the cap. Ozone is the world’s most effective bacteria-killer, more than 3,000 times as effective as chlorine, the 2nd most effective.

Well, we thought, if ozone is so effective, why not use it to clean surgical instruments more effectively? So we created the Tempest. The Midbrook Tempest Washer combines the traditional ultrasonic washing process with the use of ozonated water, ensuring that results consistently meet AAMI standards.

 4. UV Flash

  • Barber Shops + Water Disinfection + Healthcare

When you think UV light, what do you picture? Tanning beds? Wrinkles? Skin Cancer? UV light gets a bad reputation from the media, but when used on surfaces other than the human body, it can be extremely beneficial. When UV light has a C wavelength, it breaks apart molecular bonds of DNA, essentially destroying any germs present.

UVC light technology has been used for decades in barber shops to sterilize tools, and is also used in water disinfection to kill various microorganisms. The UV Flash Disinfectant Station uses this same technology to sterilize hard-to-clean objects such as cellphones, stethoscopes, or stuffed animals in only 60 seconds.

5. Antimicrobial Copper

  • Ancient Egyptians + Shipping Industry + Environmentalists + Healthcare + Custom Fabrication

Ancient Egyptians used copper drinking vessels to keep their water clean. Ships often have a copper covering on their hull to prevent buildup of barnacles and other microorganisms. With antimicrobial copper, it wasn’t a matter of coming up with a brand new idea. It was a matter of realizing what the rest of the world has known since ancient times and applying it to the healthcare world.

We manufacture copper IV poles, carts, Mayo stands, and really anything else that can be made out of stainless steel. Custom fabrication has been a huge part of Midbrook’s services since we began, and now we’ve added Cuverro® Antimicrobial Copper the ever-growing list of material options. And to top it all off, since copper’s antimicrobial properties are completely natural, it appeases environmentalists and those concerned about toxins in many high-tech cleaning supplies. Antimicrobial copper has the potential to dramatically cut down on infections and cross-contamination.

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Wow. Who would’ve thought we’d use the same sterilization methods as Ancient Egyptians? Or take cleaning tips from the automotive industry? But, as Frans Johansson discussed, we can come up with far more groundbreaking ideas when we combine fields, cultures, and ideas. So let’s continue to use the idea that “diversity drives innovation” and create intersections of improved healthcare products and technologies everywhere.

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August 7, 2013


“As superbugs get more “super”, and antibiotics get less “anti”, how are we going to keep people from contracting infections?”

Find out why Discovery News thinks antimicrobial copper is the solution…

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August 1, 2013


Copper: The All-Natural Hippie Approach to Preventing HAIs

Okay, I have a confession to make. I’m kind of a hippie. I had organic granola for breakfast this morning, choosing a veggie dog over a hot dog makes me feel like I’m saving Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web, and it pains me a little bit to throw away a metal can instead of recycling it. I like shopping in thrift stores, the documentary Food, Inc. scarred me for life, and I spend a good half hour in the shampoo aisle checking the ingredients to make sure there’s no silicone or sulfate inside that’s going to destroy my hair.

Now, before I go any further I better stop and reassure those of you who maybe skipped your morning coffee and are getting really confused. THIS IS STILL THE MIDBROOK MEDICAL INFECTION PREVENTION BLOG. We haven’t transformed into the EPA overnight. I have a point, and I’m getting to it, I promise.

The reason you might be confused is because when most people picture a hippie they think of the things related to what I just mentioned: all-organic, grow your own vegetables, corporate is evil, Woodstock, the answer is blowing in the wind, etc. They probably don’t picture a nurse wearing scrubs, helping a patient walk to the bathroom after surgery. They probably don’t picture a doctor. They probably don’t picture a hospital.

But nurses can eat organic granola. Doctors can listen to Bob Dylan. So if the people of the medical world can overlap with the people of the hippie world, why can’t that overlap continue right into the actual healthcare facilities in the fight against HAIs (Healthcare-Acquired Infections)?

In this case, the overlap I’m talking about is antimicrobial copper (this is the point I was talking about earlier, so you might want to start paying attention). And here’s how the overlap works…

On one side we have the medical world, fighting HAIs left and right. Superbugs are growing in number and strength, and sometimes it seems no matter how many times they wash their hands or how many new drugs they come up with, doctors and nurses are always left two steps behind.

On the other side we have our environmental, peace-loving world. Stay away from man-made toxins, they might cause more problems than they fix. Stick with the all-natural approach. Use your environment, but don’t abuse it.

And right smack dab in the middle, overlapping both worlds, we have antimicrobial copper.

Copper keeps the medical world happy because of its inherent antimicrobial properties, meaning it kills bacteria without even trying. Copper surfaces destroy 99.9% of bacteria within 2 hours. Obviously it won’t completely eliminate HAIs on its own, but it helps healthcare workers stand a fighting chance in the never-ending battle against infections.

And copper keeps the hippies like me happy because of the peaceful way it goes about its bacteria-killing ways. First of all, it’s a naturally occurring substance, so there are no crazy mutations or Sci-Fi horror stories I need to worry about. Second, in addition to copper being found naturally since the earth began, its antimicrobial properties have been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians, who used copper vessels to keep their drinking water safe. And, as far as I know, they didn’t suffer any side effects.

I love it when we’re trying to reach a goal and we can take two seemingly opposite groups of people and find a solution that appeals to both. It shows that an all-hands-on-deck approach really does work when it comes to HAIs, and that when it comes to infection prevention, too many cooks can’t spoil the broth. That may have been two too many metaphors for some of you, but I think you get what I’m saying. In this case, the antimicrobial copper solution may not have been “blowing in the wind”, but I still think Bob Dylan would approve.

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July 26, 2013


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?

2. Bedrail

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.

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July 23, 2013


In the mid-20th century, the now-famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Israel. Most of these scrolls were made of animal skin and had religious writings on them. One, however, was written on copper and, instead of a religious message, had clues to a treasure! This treasure remains a mystery today.

I wonder if the person who wrote those clues knew that, like the riches he or she tried to lead us to, the material used for the scroll would become a “treasure” for healthcare facilities today.

Make sure to check out the results from yesterday’s Battle of the Cartoons!

Trivia source: copper.org

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