Browse and download brochures on Antimicrobial Copper
Here is a range of brochures on the properties and applications
of Antimicrobial Copper.
Upgrading selected touch surfaces to Antimicrobial Copper is a simple but effective measure that is shown to reduce costly infections, freeing up beds and clinical resources and improving patient care. After a very short initial payback period, significant long-term savings are possible. 4pp. September 2014.
A referenced report summarising the scientific evidence on the antimicrobial efficacy of copper and copper alloys in the laboratory and clinical environment. Also provides an introduction to practical implementation of copper touch surfaces in healthcare facilities. 16pp. Revised October 2014.
Introductory level FAQs. 8pp, May 2014.
A brochure answering frequently asked questions regarding
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While the antimicrobial properties of copper have been known and appreciated for centuries, it is only recently that the clinical benefits of copper touch surfaces have been evaluated. Although there are more than 200 papers published on laboratory and clinical research, there is a lack of practical information in the public domain to help specifiers understand where and how to deploy copper to improve environmental hygiene in healthcare facilities. This simple guide provides information on which surfaces to prioritise for upgrade, how to recognise efficacious products and where to source these. 4pp. October 2014.
This document gives guidance on cleaning and disinfection of antimicrobial copper surfaces. 1pp, November 2013.
Deadly healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a major threat in European hospitals, as bacteria have grown to resist many of today's antibiotics. Learn about an additional line of defence that goes further than hand washing - Antimicrobial Copper. 1pp. April 2013.
The benefits of using all-copper coils are already well known in the HVACR industry. Copper, as well as many copper alloys, have remarkable intrinsic antimicrobial properties. This phenomenon has implications not only for touch surfaces but also for HVAC components.
Copper HVAC components suppress the growth of bacteria, mould
and mildew that reduce system efficiency and cause product
deterioration or foul odours. Compared to coils made with
aluminum fins, coils made with copper fins and copper tubes stay
cleaner longer, operate more efficiently and are more resistant to
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This publication offers designers, manufacturers and specifiers guidance on identifying the most appropriate copper alloy for a product where the intrinsic antimicrobial characteristics of copper may be beneficial.
Its focus is design for the healthcare sector, but the
information applies equally to other environments where hygiene and
the spread of infection are concerns. The guide features a
table of commonly available alloys, representing the different
copper-alloy families, listing compositions and properties and
ordered by colour. 16pp. 2013.
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An introduction to the business case for installing antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in healthcare facilities, showing a worked example of an ICU, based on a fully-referenced cost-benefit model developed for hospital managers by York Health Economics Consortium. 2pp, October 2012, revised April 2013.
A collection of antimicrobial copper healthcare installations from around the world. 16pp. November 2014.
Introductory brochure offering architects and designers the opportunity to harness the intrinsic antimicrobial properties of copper alloys for innovative, cost-effective hygienic design. 2pp. May 2013.
A printable directory of component manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who have been approved to use the Cu+ brand. 100pp. October 2014.
First clinical trial to report reduced infection rates due to installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces. 4pp, 2011.
Deployment of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in
Brochure prepared for the World Health Organisation's 1st
International Conference on Infection Prevention and Control,
highlighting the first clinical trial to demonstrate that
replacement of key touch surface components leads to reduced
infections in patients.
Also features the latest work on copper's antimicrobial efficacy
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Introductory brochure for food processing industry. 2pp, May 2010
Copper is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent effective against
a range of pathogens threatening public health today, whether they
are foodborne, airborne, waterborne or transmitted by touch.
Recent science shows that copper has an intrinsic ability to
rapidly inactivate dangerous foodborne pathogens (including E.
coli O157:H7, Campylobacter jejuni, Listeria monocytogenes
and Salmonella enteritidis) at both refrigerated and room
temperature. Copper and copper alloys could therefore help to
reduce the incidence of cross-contamination in food processing
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Introductory brochure for infection control professionals. 16pp, May 2010
Introductory brochure for infection control professionals
outlining the antimicrobial efficacy, key characteristics and
healthcare applications of Antimicrobial Copper, proven
to continuously reduce surface contamination in clinical
environments and therefore offering an additional measure to help
reduce the risk from pathogenic microbes.
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Practical information on the Selly Oak copper touch surface fit-out, for healthcare estates personnel. 4pp, 2010.
There is now substantial scientific evidence to support the
replacement of frequently touched equipment and fittings in the
clinical environment with those incorporating copper to reduce
contamination and therefore reduce the risk of infection. The
Copper Clinical Trial, conducted on a busy medical ward at Selly
Oak Hospital, demonstrated a 90-100% reduction in contamination on
coppercontaining vs standard surfaces. The experience of
fitting out the test ward with a full range of copper-containing
products has made a major contribution to the understanding of the
practical application of the science. (Presented at IHEEM 2009
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Introductory level. 1pp, 2010.
Silver and copper have been used for their antimicrobial
properties for centuries. This one page summary reports on a study
published in Letters in Applied Microbiology which compares
performance of silver-ion containing materials and copper under
typical indoor conditions.
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Scientific data. 2pp, 2009.
Short summary of efficacy of copper and copper alloys against
MRSA and EMRSA at room and chill temperatures with kill curves for
both exceptionally high and typical microbial challenges.
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