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PR860 issued XXth January 2013
Renowned Research Hospital Installs Antimicrobial Copper
Tokuda Hospital Sofia – a thousand-bed facility in Bulgaria and part of a major private healthcare chain – is the latest hospital to implement antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
Tokuda’s intensive care unit, which houses patients especially vulnerable to infections, has been fitted with antimicrobial copper door handles, IV drip poles, bed rails and over-bed tables. Made from an alloy of copper that benefits from the metal’s inherent antimicrobial activity, these frequently-touched surfaces will rapidly and continuously eliminate disease-causing pathogens such as MRSA, C. difficile and Influenza A (H1N1).
Tokuda Hospital Sofia prides itself on being an ultra-modern facility, and the flagship project of the Tokushukai Medical Corporation, which also owns and operates over 280 medical facilities in Japan. As a centre of research and innovation in the region, with high standards of treatment and care, Tokuda aims to set the standard for a contemporary hospital, and has upgraded to antimicrobial copper surfaces to augment existing infection control protocols.
The use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospitals has become a global phenomenon, with clinical trials to assess its potential already conducted, or under way in the UK, Japan, the US, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and South Africa. Published papers from the UK, US and Chilean trials agree that surfaces made from copper or copper alloys – collectively-termed ‘antimicrobial copper’ – reduce surface contamination by greater than 90% compared to non-copper materials.
Dr. Georgi Simeonov, Head of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Department at Tokuda Hospital Sofia, says: “Tokuda Hospital Sofia maintains the highest standards of care, and so we have embraced antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to enhance infection control and provide an even safer, more hygienic environment for our patients.”
Manufacturers worldwide are responding to demand by offering a wide range of antimicrobial copper products, taking advantage of the versatility of copper alloys to provide different colours and finishes. The Tokuda Hospital Sofia installation uses products locally-sourced from Sonico, which bear the Cu+ mark used by leading manufacturers of hospital equipment, furniture and fittings to indicate the products are made from approved antimicrobial copper alloy.
For more information, and to view an online product catalogue of products available from companies around the world, visit www.antimicrobialcopper.org.
Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces newly-installed at Tokuda Hospital Sofia, Bulgaria.
51B "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" blvd. (if you drive, the entrance is from "At. Dukov" str.), "Hladilnika" distr., 1407 "Lozenets".
The hospital has a parking lot. The first 30 min. are free of charge, then a fee of 3 bgn/hours applies.
Buses: №88, 120
Shuttle bus: 32
Subway: Getting off at "James Bourchier" station, after that walking through "Lozenets" distr., or tram №10, taking off at "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" stop. or a bus №88, taking ff at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.
From the Central Railway Station
Bus line №305 getting off at "Romanian embassy" stop
From "Romanian embassy" stop – Bus line №120 getting off at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.
(after the traffic lights at "Atanas Dukov" str.
With a subway, from "Central Railway Station" station, getting off at "James Bourchier" station, after that walking through "Lozenets" distr., or tram №10, taking off at "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" stop. or a bus №88, taking ff at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.