Copper based beds will be trialled at Pilgrim Hospital’s sleep clinic as a way of cutting down the risk of infections.
Michael Oko – the ear, nose and throat consultant and clinical lead for obstructive sleep apnoea at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust – has been leading the way in the use of copper for infection control in hospitals.
He welcomed a review announced by the Prime Minister into ‘antibiotic resistance’ and revealed that from the first week in September, copper based beds, chairs, door handles and other surfaces will be introduced in the sleep clinic at the Bostonian - the hospital’s private wing.
Sleep clinic patients are often said to suffer multiple medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, where susceptibility of infection could be high.
Mr Oko said: “This is an example of the more creative solutions which can be used to prevent patients from needing to rely on antibiotics to cure infection.“
The copper units have been funded through the sleep clinic’s charitable funds which will then be matched by Mr Oko himself. The unit is looking for sponsors or donations to help to expand the copper surfaces further into the hospital.
This could be done through sponsoring a specific piece of equipment or by simply making a donation to the unit.