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Copper and its alloys are antibacterial materials: it means that they have a intrinsic ability to rapidly kill harmful micro-organisms deposited on their surfaces. This capacity can be exploited to make frequently touched surfaces ( door-handles, taps, hand-rails, push plates, switches, etc..) more hygienic.   

The reduction or the elimination of the bacterial population can help to fight diseases due to germs, which may be shifted from a place to another simply by touching them; it is estimated that the 80% of nosocomial infections is transmitted by touch.

 

ANTIMICROBIAL COPPER

 

The antimicrobial properties of copper have been studied in laboratory and since 2008 the US Environmental Protection Agency have been registering more than 350 different copper alloys as “antimicrobial materials”: they are the unique solid materials to have this registration.

The Antimicrobial Copper Cu+ brand has been created after the E.P.A. registration and signifies that the  products contain a proven antimicrobial copper alloy, able to continuously kill more than 99.9% of the bacteria* that cause healthcare-acquired infections within two hours of contact.

(*) VRE, MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli (strain O157:H7), Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

 

Three main characteristics make Antimicrobial Copper 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 action
  • Remains effective even after repeated wet and dry abrasion and re-contamination
  • Natural oxidation does not impair efficacy.

 

Safe to use

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

 

APPLICATIONS OF ANTIBACTERIAL COPPER AND ALLOYS

 

Antimicrobial Copper Cu+ products can be installed in a lot of environments  and applications: healthcare, commercial and residential facilities, schools, hotels, HVAC, public transport, ect. Among products, you can find door-handles, hand-rails, push plates, bedrails, table tops, keyboards, armrest of chairs, dispensers, pens, grab bars, ect.

 

Antimicrobial Copper products are being spread more and more all over the world, especially inside healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics; they were already installed in schools and kindergarten, underground stations and airport.

 

ANTIMICROBIAL COPPER: ADVANTAGES AND SAVINGS

 

After the laboratory results, some clinical trials have been run, in which researchers have measured bacterial growth on common items, comparing copper and its alloys with standard materials.

The most comprehensive and deep research has been run in Intensive Care Units of three American hospitals; the comparison has been made between items placed into six randomly selected rooms: three with copper items, three with standard material items. Preliminary results show that on copper, the bacterial burden was 97% lower and there was a 40.4%  lower risk for patients to acquire nosocomial infections.

The benefits about the choice of taking antibacterial material like copper  fall not only on own health, but also on the whole community and the National Health Service  too, which avoids costs due to a longer and “undesidered” hospital stay. For example, using as approximation the -40% figure from US trial and taking the direct costs only into account, the supply of copperised bed rails would have a payback in some months.

 

COPPER VS BACTERIA

Efficacy of copper against the following pathogenic organisms has been shown:

  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Adenovirus
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Candida albicans
  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Clostridium difficile (including spores)
  • Enterobacter aerogenes
  • Escherichia coli O157:H7
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Influenza A (H1N1)
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, including
  • E-MRSA)
  • Poliovirus
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Salmonella enteritidis
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Tubercle bacillus
  • Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE)

 

Products

 
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Copper constantly reduces more than 99,9% of bacterium within 2 hours from contact. The same bacterium can easily survive for days on steel or plastic surfaces.

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