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Copper-Infused Linens & Surfaces Study 

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Sentara is currently conducting a research study to evaluate whether copper-infused linens and surfaces decrease the development of infections, and thus the use of antibiotics, in a healthcare setting.

Study location:
The study is being conducted in the general ICU at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and at Sentara Leigh Hospital. Some patient rooms in the ICU at Sentara Norfolk General and those patients in the East Tower at Sentara Leigh Hospital wil be helping us evaluate the effectiveness of copper-infused linens and patient gowns.

Some surfaces in our East Tower at Sentara Leigh Hospital are also infused with copper as part of the study.

Study details:

Sentara has partnered with Cupron and EOS Surfaces, who have experience embedding copper oxide into a wide variety of consumer products including fabrics and hard surfaces. In those settings it has been shown to be non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating to the skin.

Copper has also been shown to have antibacterial properties. We are performing a study to determine whether copper-infused linens decrease the development of infections, and thus the use of antibiotics, in a healthcare setting.

We will not be collecting any patient data but rather studying the overall infection and antibiotic usage rate. The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Eastern Virginia Medical School.  

If you would prefer to opt out:
If you have a diagnosis of Wilson's disease or Menke's syndrome, please inform your nurse and you will be taken off the copper-infused linens.

If you would prefer not to use copper-infused linens, please inform your nurse. We will be happy to use regular linens during your stay.



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