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Trophy for Innovation 2014

World Innovation Day

MetalSkin Medical® for a sustainable eco-healthy environment

antimicrobial copper

Copper is an element derived from natural resources, which can be recycled over time. It has been known for its natural antibacterial properties for more than 7000 years.

For a sustainable eco-healthy environment today, it is important to protect the natural resources and ensure not to pollute or change them. Through its tested economy, MetalSkin Medical® has developed a composite made of 92% pure copper that is 5 to 20 times cheaper than solid copper or copper alloys to enable as many entities as possible to profit from the antibacterial properties of copper.

antimicrobial copper
antimicrobial copper

MetalSkin Medical® espects the environment and natural resources by using recycled pure copper and the composite’s required thickness is only 200 µm for antibacterial surface treatment.

The scope of public health is the main concern since 1.4 million people around the world are affected by nosocomial infection, out of which 5 to 10% come from developed countries. The risk of contracting a nosocomial infection is 2 to 20 times higher in developing countries.

In France, 4200 people die every year because of this infection. The global healthcare costs involved exceed several tens of billions of dollars. Due to the perfection of this technological innovation, MetalSkin Medical® saves natural resources and reduces the expense budgets of health institutions.

To summarise the arguments put forth by Dr Philippe Garnier, Surgeon general of public health, epidemiologist and biostatistician, who joined the Ministry of Health after a long career abroad for handling cases on nosocomial diseases: “the scope of nosocomial infections expands beyond their traditional boundaries. The risk of infection in a healthcare environment includes other determiners that have been ignored until now. The most striking phenomenon is bacteraemia and the annual number of deaths reported - 30,000. Several initiatives show that nosocomial infections can be greatly reduced to far less than the 70% that has been declared inevitable by experts.
One hopes that the implementation of treatments or the art of medicine develops into healthcare science, which is the cornerstone of patient safety.
Public authorities expect more than just the publication of texts. Being partners to healthcare professionals, they must create an environment suitable for “healthcare science” via a project-based approach.
This excellent healthcare management can save 3 to 4 billions of dollars. And a few billion more can be saved by creating a more fluid organisation of healthcare structure and better management of professionals. In fact, the risk of infections can be controlled via healthcare pathways, followed by the health card and then census of the professionals. The indirect effects may double these savings. The arguments put forth by Dr Philippe Garnier are reflected in the economic model, explained in detail in the MetalSkin bid.
This plan could possibly help in the professional control of healthcare expenses. Rationalising expenses without rationing the healthcare is a challenge that every healthcare professional must face.