Antimicrobial Copper

Copper door handle w key set wood door 11 2012_x560Copper is the Antimicrobial Material. Antimicrobial copper reduces microbes on the surfaces that are touched.

In the U.S. alone, 2 million people acquire infections in hospitals each year resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths, according to the International Copper Association. Antimicrobial Copper can improve patient safety by killing the bacteria that cause these infections.

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) place a significant financial burden on healthcare administrators and patients alike from all regions of the world. In addition to the immeasurable personal costs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate the direct cost of HAIs in the U.S. at between $35 and $45 billion annually. Contaminated touch surfaces are one of many causes of Hospital Acquired Infections. Caused by bacteria that thrive on objects we touch every day, these preventable infections are a threat to patient safety. Despite aggressive hand washing and hospital infection control practices, these infections are increasing at an alarming rate.

Copper is the active, microbe killing ingredient. Antimicrobial copper isn’t just pure copper. It’s shorthand for a host of copper based metals (or alloys) that can go head-to-head with stainless steel in terms of strength, durability and aesthetics.  In addition to their antimicrobial properties, copper alloys are:

• Durable & recyclable.

• Wear-resistant.

• Can stand up to harsh environments.

• Can retain details and finish over time.

• Available in a range of colors.

Research on copper as an antimicrobial touch surface;
1. The antimicrobial activity of copper and copper alloys against nosocomial pathogens and Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolated from healthcare facilities in the Western Cape: an in-vitro study.
2. Effects of temperature and humidity on the efficacy of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus challenged antimicrobial materials containing silver and copper.
3. Sustained Reduction of microbial Burden on common hospital Surfaces through Introduction of Copper.
4. Enhancing Patient Safety through Strategic Placement of Copper Surfaces.
5. The potential for the application of metallic copper surfaces as a method for preventing surface and airborne microbial contamination in military healthcare facilities, food handling operations, and other occupational settings.
6. Application of copper to prevent and control infection. Where are we now?
8. Inactivation of Influenza A Virus on Copper versus Stainless Steel Surfaces.