Healthcare:
Antimicrobial Copper

Antimicrobial Copper is the most effective antimicrobial touch surface.
hospital bed with antimicrobial copper bed rail

Why Antimicrobial Copper?

Approximately four million people in the EU acquire a healthcare-associated infection each year, from which approximately 37,000 die.  Antimicrobial Copper kills the microbes that cause these infections.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HCAIs) place a significant socioeconomic burden on people from all regions of the world.  In the UK, 300,000 people acquire infections in hospitals each year, resulting in nearly 5,000 deaths. In addition to the immeasurable personal costs, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates the direct cost of HCAIs to be £1 billion per year.  These infections, such as MRSA and C. difficile, are caused by microbes that thrive on objects we touch every day. Antibiotic-resistant microbial organisms have spread from the healthcare environment to schools, homes and mass transit.  Despite aggressive hand washing campaigns and routine cleaning, infection rates remain unacceptably high and more needs to be done to lower the risk of acquiring an infection and improve patient safety.

Now there is a new weapon in the fight against the microbes that cause these deadly infections: Antimicrobial Copper.

With a broad-spectrum and rapid efficacy, Antimicrobial Copper has been shown to kill pathogenic microbes in the laboratory and in the clinical test environment, significantly and continuously reducing bacteria.  With recent clinical trial data showing key touch surfaces made from Antimicrobial Copper can reduce a patient's risk of acquiring a hospital infection, it has been shown that copper surfaces and antimicrobial products, as part of contemporary hospital architecture and design, can improve infection control and prevention in hospitals and public health care.

Antimicrobial Copper - copper and copper alloy - is the only touch surface material to have efficacy data independently verified through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration, which supports the claim to continuously kill more than 99.9% of the bacteria* that cause HCAIs within two hours of contact.

The supporting science has proven Antimicrobial Copper to be the most effective antimicrobial touch surface product and has sparked a global campaign advocating the use of these materials to combat infectious microbes in healthcare facilities, intensive care units, mass transit, educational institutions and beyond.

Three main characteristics make Antimicrobial Copper and copper alloys the most effective touch surface material:

Continuously kills microbes

  • Efficacy as an antimicrobial is scientifically proven to be far more effective than silver-containing coatings
  • Proven to continuously kill the microbes that cause infections
  • The only solid antimicrobial touch surface approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Never wears out

  • Continuous and ongoing antimicrobial properties
  • Remains effective even after repeated wet and dry abrasion and new contamination
  • Natural oxidation does not impair efficacy.

Safe to use

  • Not harmful to people or the environment
  • Inherently antimicrobial, no chemicals added
  • Completely recyclable.

LIVE demonstration, Southampton University, 4 April 2011


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