Literature Review and Practice Recommendations: Existing and emerging technologies used for decontamination of the healthcare environment - Antimicrobial Copper and Silver Solutions

Publication Date: 19 May 2017

This literature review aims to review the evidence for using antimicrobial copper and silver for decontamination of the healthcare environment and reusable non-invasive patient care equipment.

Objectives

  • To provide a generic description of antimicrobial copper and silver, including the proposed or actual mechanism of action and the procedure for use.
  • To assess the scientific evidence for effectiveness of antimicrobial copper and silver.
  • To explore practical and safety considerations related to the use of antimicrobial copper and silver.
  • To explore the costs associated with use of antimicrobial copper and silver.
  • To produce an evidence sheet to assist the Environmental Decontamination Steering Group in making practical recommendations on the use of antimicrobial copper and silver for NHSScotland.

Resource information

Publisher:
Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Literature Review