Why Antimicrobial Copper?
In the U.S. alone, 2 million people acquire infections in hospitals each year resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths. 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.
Innovative hygiene solutions to reduce Hospital Acquired
Infections are needed now more than ever. Antimicrobial Copper is
that new weapon in the fight against the bacteria* that threaten
infection control practices today.
Antimicrobial Copper is the only touch surface material
registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to
continuously kill more than 99.9% of the bacteria* that cause HAIs
within two hours of contact.
Science supporting the EPA registration has proven Antimicrobial
Copper to be the most effective* antimicrobial touch surface and
has sparked a global campaign advocating the use of these materials
to improve infection control in healthcare facilities, mass
transit, educational institutions and beyond.
Three main characteristics make Antimicrobial Copper the most
effective* touch surface material:
Continuously kills bacteria*
- Efficacy as an antimicrobial is proven far more effective than
stainless steel or silver-containing coatings
- Proven to continuously kill the bacteria* that cause
- The only solid antimicrobial touch surface approved by EPA
Never wears out
- Continuous and ongoing antimicrobial action
- Remains effective even after repeated wet & dry abrasion
- Natural tarnishing does not impair efficacy
Safe to use
- Not harmful to people or the environment
- Inherently antimicrobial, no chemicals added
- Completely recyclable
* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly,
Antimicrobial Copper™ kills greater than 99.9% of the following
bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Vancomycin-Resistant
Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus
aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas
aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial Copper
surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard
infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial
contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination;
users must continue to follow all current infection control
practices. Michels et al, Lett Appl Microbiol, 49
(2009) 191-195 demonstrated that Antimicrobial Copper™ outperforms
two commercially available silver-containing coatings under typical