June 28th, 2013
10:30 AM GMT
Share this on:

(CNN) – A hospital in Chile is trying to reduce the threat of infections by using equipment, including bed rails and washbasins, made of copper.

A study into effectiveness of copper to kill bacteria is taking place at the Roberto del Rio children’s hospital in Santiago de Chile, and scientists say that the initial results are positive.

Dr Marisol Navarette, in charge of the clinical trials, says: ”The ions of copper interact with the membrane of the bacteria, their metabolism gets disturbed and they are killed by copper.”

The project is spearheaded by Codelco, Chile’s state-run mining company and the biggest copper producer in the world, in partnership with foreign investment.

Chilean company Copper BioHealth already manufactures hospital products made out of the metal, and after the Environmental Protection agency in the U.S. registered copper as an anti-microbial agent, it will have the option to market their products internationally.

Filed under: BusinessGlobal Exchange


soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. mariasanteramo059

    Reblogged this on mariasanteramo059.

    June 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  2. Jean-Francois Morf

    Whenever I touch a metal with wet fingers, I smell the metal odor on my fingers, for some minutes.
    For copper or brass or bronze, the odor is so strong that I must wash my hands...
    Copper traces kills green life on roof tiles, silver traces kills most bacterias, gold none, stainless steel none.
    For the holy communion, the wine goblet must be silver if the preacher does not want that diseases are transmitted from christians to christians... Gold goblet is inadequate. 60%copper +40%silver alloy has nearly the same color as gold, and kills the copper sensitive bacterias and the silver sensitives bacterias, and cost less then gold...

    June 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
  3. Amey

    Makes good sense to use copper in public places.

    June 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  4. JHiggs

    So why are we replacing copper water pipes with PVC?

    (As one who has been seriously infected by waterborne bacteria in the past)

    July 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
  5. sri

    we hindus in india have been using copper to strore water for ages. in fact there is a ritual where the waters of the River Ganges are selaed in small copper vessels and opened during religious ceremonies. i have a few such at home sealed over 100 years ago

    July 5, 2013 at 5:42 am |
  6. xcbetwyfh

    … Unbelievable…… My friend Maggie has just married to a handsome wealthy black man. They met through ~ ~ BlàckŴhiteHub.Çoм~~ They told me it is a Specialist black white dating for black & white singles seeking interracial relationships, dating ,love. Here you will find interracial singles from Brooklyn, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and all the way to Toronto Canada, London England and Sydney Australia ,France, Germany , african american who have joined our love boat. All the best! If you are single, have a try.sdg

    July 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  7. Rodrigo Lastra

    Only to make it more clear: Codelco is completely state run and completely state owned (maybe the project is really mixed), yet there are also private investors in copper mining, like giant "La Escondida" mine of BHP Billiton.

    July 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  8. dellenss

    Wow… My friend Emily has just married to a handsome wealthy man,
    They met through ~~ WinkMillionaíre.com ~~ a good place to talk with successful wealthy guys and beautiful classy women (athletes,doctors,CEOs,models,lawyers,celebrities,etc….)perhaps you can have a try

    August 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  9. Dennis Matthews

    Dear President Obama,
    We invite you and your family to join Global Business Trade Forum in The Great
    State of California on 09/07/2013 In Anahiem California to help create Global Trade and new Jobs. I support you with our LCE Black Box and web-cast your run for President we setup a meeting place in Huntington Beach, CA at my warehouse. We invite many people as we webcast your campaign using our LCE Black Box. Dear President of American Barack Obama I am request your help and support for Global Trade for Global Peace. Please come and joint our new direction for America Global trade for Global Peace(LCE Black Box)
    09/07/2013. In GOD we Trust!!!

    Dennis Matthews CEO
    LCE Newport Beach IT,Inc
    1176 Sandhill Ave
    Carson California 90746
    PH: 949-394-3221
    http://www.lcenb.com

    August 28, 2013 at 7:20 am |
  10. Starla Philson

    Also, the blog loads super fast for me on Firefox.

    http://dummysite.com

    November 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  11. NYC fitness events

    Incredible! Such a simple answer. This line caught my eye "A study into effectiveness of copper to kill bacteria is taking place at the Roberto del Rio children’s hospital in Santiago de Chile, and scientists say that the initial results are positive."

    February 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm |

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About Global Exchange

Global Exchange explores how emerging markets are impacting and influencing the global financial community, at a time when business is a vital driver of the international news agenda.

Global Exchange is presented live from Abu Dhabi by emerging markets editor, John Defterios, who will be joined by CNN correspondents from around the world.

Global Exchange also includes the “GX20,” a global hotlist of some of the world’s biggest economic thinkers. The GX20 will be drawn from the key emerging markets, from across China, Russia, India and South Africa, contributing to the show and this blog.

Watch on CNN International Sunday to Thursday:

1100 ET
1600 GMT
1700 CET

Follow the show on Twitter @CNNGlobalEx and use the #CNNGlobalEx hashtag to join the conversation.

 
 
Powered by WordPress.com VIP