Mejiro Daycare Center for Children, Japan
With influenza outbreaks on the rise, the spread of infectious diseases is a growing concern for educational institutions, and one Tokyo daycare centre is leading the way in infection prevention with antimicrobial copper.
Mejiro Daycare Center for Children, located in
Hachioji City in Tokyo, Japan, is meeting parents' demand for a
safer environment for their children by using copper alloy touch
surfaces that have inherent antimicrobial activity. These
surfaces continuously kill bacteria and viruses such as Influenza
A, E. Coli and MRSA 24/7, between routine cleans, helping
to provide a more hygienic environment. This, along with
similar applications in healthcare institutions around the world,
follows a clinical trial of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces at
Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, UK, which showed 90-100% less
contamination on them than on standard, non-copper surfaces.
Mejiro has installed items in brass - an alloy of copper that
benefits from its antimicrobial properties - in key areas around
the facility. Hand washing basins, taps, food serving tables,
serving trolleys and door furniture have been replaced with a view
to improving hygiene. Director Shoji Hiiragizawa is pleased
with his decision:
"We had already implemented infection control by introducing air
purification units and ensuring children wash their hands properly,
but were still searching for better measures. The
introduction of copper has given us a great opportunity to educate
children and parents about infection prevention. We explain
to the children 'copper defeats bacteria for us', and then talk to
them about what they can do to avoid infection."
The distinctive new brass items are eye-catching and beautiful,
as well as protecting the health of children, staff and parents,
and the children are enjoying them.
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