You may have read about the antimicrobial properties of copper in the newspapers and clinical press recently; for example this recent translational paper is a very thorough analysis that covers the laboratory testing, clinical proof and cost-benefit research of copper & copper-alloy touch surfaces.
Independently-tested, and with peer-reviewed publications in respected journals, copper is:
- the most effective touch surface material in the fight against pathogenic microbes – even under typical indoor conditions
- the only metal registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for touch surface applications to continuously kill bacteria that cause HCAIs
- proven via lab-testing to kill a wide range of pathogens under standard touch-surface conditions (bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi)
- proven effective in clinical trials to significantly reduce microbial bioburden (by at least 80%) on touch surfaces within busy hospital settings, without change to cleaning regimes or healthcare worker behaviour.
- shown to yield a 58% infection reduction to patients within an ICU setting after strategic deployment
- cost-effective: York Health Economics Consortium model shows rapid initial payback plus significant long-term savings and freed-up beds.
Click here for a recent translational science article (with references) on copper touch surfaces.
Watch these two short videos:
Copper at Medica trade fair, 2014
Feedback from an early adopter:
Pullman Regional Hospital, USA
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