After a year of construction, the new Seaspan High Acuity Unit at North Vancouver, BC's Lions Gate Hospital offers patients a new level of protection with EOSCU overbed tables. Classified just under the intensive care unit (ICU), high acuity units host vulnerable patients who are not on life support, but still need protection from hospital acquired infections (HAIs). For these patients, any setback, including an infection, could destabilize their recovery with life-threatening consequences.
EOSCU and copper alloys are the subject of a new series on the role of copper in the emerging antimicrobial marketplace. MetalMiner is "a digital multimedia resource for metal-buying organizations," providing educational materials, data analysis, forecasting, and market trends for those interested in metals as an investment. To this end, the coverage of the "Copper Wars" (the name they've given to the growing use of copper's biocidal properties in hospitals in the fight against hospital-acquired infections), provides insight into a potential growing market for copper.