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Literature review and practice recommendations: Existing and emerging technologies for decontamination of the health and care environment: Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces v1

Published on 03 July 2017

From: Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland

This literature review considers the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces for decontamination of the healthcare environment.



Antimicrobial surfaces have been proposed as a method for inhibiting the accumulation of micro-organisms on hospital surfaces without the need for an increased frequency of cleaning. The following review intends to assess the evidence base on the appropriateness of using antimicrobial copper surfaces for decontamination of the healthcare environment and patient care equipment.

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