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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

Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces newly-installed at Tokuda Hospital Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bryony Samuel

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Hospital location

51B Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Blvd., Sofia, 1407 (if you drive, the entrance is from Atanas Dukov str.)

The hospital has a parking lot for patients and visitors. The first 30 min. are free of charge, the first hour after that has a 3 BGN fee, and for every next hour a 2BGN/hrs. fee applies.
IMPORTANT! Have in mind that the parking lot is very busy Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 14.00. The hospital team will appreciate if those whose health condition allow, take the drop off option without parking or use other transport means or alternative parking lots in the area.

Public transport:
Buses: №88, 120

Metro lines: You can get off at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station and walk to the hospital.


From the Central Railway Station

Bus: take bus #305 and get off at Romanian Embassy stop, then transfer to bus #120 to Tokuda Hospital stop.

Metro: Take metro line Nadezda-Lozenetz and get off either at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station, then walk to the hospital.