RICHMOND, Va. – January 17, 2013 – Sentara Healthcare, Cupron, EOS Surfaces and Encompass Group are joining together to evaluate the clinical and economic effectiveness of deploying antimicrobial copper-based hard surfaces and textiles in a range of healthcare environments.
This comprehensive program is believed to be the world’s largest hospital evaluation to-date of antimicrobial-protected materials, with the goal of combating the spread of pathogens that are known to contribute to healthcare infections. Cupron-Enhanced EOS Surfaces and Cupron-enhanced textiles will be evaluated at multiple sites, including a new 250-bed acute care facility, to assess the improvement of patient outcomes and the reduction of healthcare costs.
This large-scale program will include the installation of more than 15,000 horizontal square feet of patent-pending Cupron-Enhanced EOS Surfaces. The antimicrobial hard surfaces will be installed on virtually all clinical and patient room surfaces. Anti-odor textiles manufactured by the Encompass Group will be used for patient bed linens, patient gowns and other textiles.
The trial will initiate this April at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, followed by a large-scale study that will take place at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va., where a series of acute care towers are now under construction. The first “Cupron-enhanced” units are slated to open in Q4 2013. The existing acute care tower without any Cupron-enhanced surfaces or textiles will serve as the comparative. Additional studies are planned for various long-term care facilities and outpatient centers.
“Sentara is pleased to become the first large-scale deployment of these advanced antimicrobial materials,” said Dr. Gene Burke, vice president of Clinical Effectiveness for Sentara. “Over the years, Sentara has implemented many advanced practices in an effort to minimize hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) at our facilities and we believe that new technologies, such as the Cupron-enhanced materials, have the potential to create another layer of protection in this very important effort.”
Sentara has received national recognition in recent years for its efforts to improve patient care and reduce infections. National quality leaders such as VHA have blueprinted Sentara practices at reducing, and in some cases, eliminating ventilator-associated pneumonia. In addition, Sentara hospitals have been recognized for work in its ICUs to reduce central line blood stream infections and urinary tract infections.
“We are increasingly realizing that there are processes and technologies that are effective at reducing and possibly eliminating some of these infections once believed to be an inevitable part of the healthcare experience,” Burke added.
“Approximately seven million people worldwide acquire a hospital-acquired infection each year,” said Paul Rocheleau, chairman of Cupron. “Despite aggressive monitoring, hand washing campaigns and other infection control measures, HAI rates, especially those caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens, are unacceptably high worldwide and in the United States. The Sentara program, supported by EOS Surfaces and Encompass Group, will hopefully be one of the first steps to define a new level of patient care.”
In the United States, HAIs account for nearly 1.7 million infections and 100,000 deaths each year. A 2009 CDC study estimates the annual direct costs of HAIs between $35.7 billion and $45 billion.
“We have worked diligently with Cupron in developing this new product and are excited to test its clinical effectiveness and monitor the hopeful difference it can make in a healthcare environment,” said Ken Trinder, CEO of EOS Surfaces. “The timing of the Sentara program was fortuitous as we have made a major investment in new manufacturing capabilities, and are rapidly building the network of companies that will play important roles in fabricating countertops, lavatories, furniture and other products that utilize the Cupron-enhanced EOS materials.”
A small-scale clinical trial with Cupron-enhanced textiles in Israel resulted in significant positive outcomes for chronically ill patients, adding further evidence of the role textiles may have in supporting pathogen transmission. Also, Cupron-Enhanced EOS Surfaces recently received US EPA Public Health registrations to certify the efficacy, durability and ability to continuously kill a range of pathogens. Cupron expects to receive additional public health registrations during 2013.
The use of textiles and hard surfaces containing copper may not only significantly contribute to the reduction of hospital infections, but may also help protect other environments where bacterial pathogens may colonize and contribute to infections such as assisted living facilities, offices and public institutions.
About Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare is an acknowledged leader in patient safety and quality innovation. Founded in 1888 as the Retreat for the Sick in Norfolk, Virginia, Sentara has ranked for more than a decade among the nation’s top integrated healthcare systems by Modern Healthcare magazine and was selected at the nations #1 most integrated health care system for two years consecutively in 2010 and 2011. Sentara, a not-for-profit health system, operates more than 100 sites of care serving residents across Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The system is comprised of 10 acute care hospitals, including seven in Hampton Roads, one in Northern Virginia, and two in the Blue Ridge region, advanced imaging centers, nursing and assisted-living centers, outpatient campuses, a home health and hospice agency, a 3,680-provider medical staff, and three medical groups with 618 providers. Sentara also offers medical transport ambulances and Nightingale, the first air ambulance serving Hampton Roads. Optima Health, an award winning Sentara owned health plan, serves more than 450,000 members in Virginia.
Cupron Inc., founded in 2000, is a private, global company based in Richmond, Va., with an office in Herzliya, Israel. The Cupron technologies provide unique benefits and properties to a broad range of products in diverse markets applications. Cupron is working with world-class partners in the consumer, medical, industrial and military arenas to help them enhance their products and solve some of the life’s larger health and lifestyle issues.
Cupron is a technology company that is continually researching novel methods to deliver the unique antimicrobial and health properties of copper, and integrates various copper compounds into textiles, solid products and other polymeric materials products during manufacturing. These copper infused polymers are embedded into the material, transforming it into an antimicrobial product that can provide protection against a broad range of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. For more information, visit www.cupron.com.
About EOS Surfaces
EOS Surfaces, LLC is a solid surface manufacturer, founded in 2005, which revolutionized the solid surface industry with the first 3cm surface, a change that reduced manufacturing costs and installation costs for these advanced non-porous surfaces. The product received the International Solid Surface Fabricators Association’s (ISSFA) 2007 Envision Award, honoring the year’s most innovative product.
EOS Surfaces also offers GEOS, an environmentally friendly option that is comprised of recycled glass and carried by Home Depot and other National Distributors. Its latest product, Cupron Enhanced EOS developed together with Cupron is the industry’s first EPA-registered, copper-infused hard surface that is approved to make Public Health Claims regarding its antimicrobial capabilities. Health care organizations, architects, health care design consultants or distributors interested in Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces can contact EOS Surfaces at 800-719-EOS1. For more information, visit www.eos-surfaces.com.
About Encompass Group
Encompass Group, LLC (McDonough, GA) is one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of reusable textiles, professional apparel, and disposable and single‐use medical products. For nearly a century, Encompass has been helping health‐care and hospitality organizations create safe and comfortable environments for patients, staff, residents and guests. By focusing on innovation, product knowledge and customer service, Encompass strives to always meet the needs of its clients and surpass their expectations.
Its people and services, combined with comprehensive distribution and manufacturing facilities, allow Encompass Group to offer customers the broadest spectrum of textile‐related solutions in the health care marketplace today. For more information, contact Encompass Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 245‐4636. Visit us at encompassgroup.net.