Roberto del Rio Children's Hospital, Chile
Roberto del Rio Children’s Hospital – the oldest paediatric facility in
Chile - installed antimicrobial copper surfaces in its intensive care and
treatment rooms to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated
The initiative was developed in conjunction with the Chilean
Ministry of Health, and aims to revolutionise hospital hygiene
standards using surfaces that have been shown to continuously
reduce microbial contamination by greater than 90%. The
installation was a first for Latin America, following a growing
number of installations in Europe, Asia and North America.
'This initiative will benefit children who are hospitalised in
critical conditions as they will be in a healthier environment,'
explained Doctor Ignacio Hernandez, Director of Roberto del
Surfaces upgraded to antimicrobial copper include bed rails,
trolleys, taps, hand rails and door furniture. All products bear
the Cu+ mark, certifying that all the copper alloys used benefit
from copper's inherent ability to rapidly kill bacteria, viruses
and fungi 24/7, in between regular cleans.
Doctor Michael Schmidt, leader of the three-centre US trial,
from which initial data shows a greater than 40% reduction in a
patient's risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection when
staying in a room containing antimicrobial copper surfaces, has
said of Roberto del Rio: 'These are among the best public
facilities using antimicrobial copper I've seen. I hope this
initiative will be replicated by many health services around the
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