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Ronald McDonald House Unveils Bacteria-Killing Renovation

March 2nd, 2012

By Adam Estelle, CDA Project Engineer

The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston (RMHC) recently unveiled an unprecedented renovation featuring bacteria-killing Antimicrobial Copper to further protect the health of the vulnerable patients and their families.

I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful event at the Ronald McDonald House in sunny Charleston recently. We celebrated the completion of a very special project I’ve been involved with from the beginning.  Ronald McDonald houses are renowned across America for the good they provide our communities and the aid they offerfamilies in need. RMHC provides a “home away-from-home” for families of children from across the Southeast, who are being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina. Families can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

We’ve spent the last few years informing the healthcare world about Antimicrobial Copper surfaces and how they can help protect us from bacteria that cause infections. Antimicrobial Copper alloys are the only class of solid materials registered with the Environmental Protection Agency to continuously kill more than 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria within two hours, including MRSA and VRE. They can be fashioned into a variety of products such as door handles, railings, IV stands, and more, to kill bacteria between cleanings.

The house staff in Charleston unveiled an unprecedented renovation featuring bacteria-killing Antimicrobial Copper to further protect the health of the vulnerable patients and families they serve. In an extensive renovation, RMHC replaced steel, wood and plastic touch surfaces with solid, EPA-registered copper-based metals like brass and bronze. Many high traffic surfaces were converted, including stair railings, sinks, faucets, tables, locksets, cabinet pulls and chair arms.

Besides the prototypes tested in various clinical trials, there haven’t been products or installations that showcased Antimicrobial Copper’s power and design versatility – until now.  The Ronald McDonald House project has helped make this market a reality, because Antimicrobial Copper products have not only been installed in this facility, they are also available for purchase!

This marks a tremendous breakthrough in the supply chain.  Products are now available for any environment where cleanliness and the potential spread of bacteria that cause infections are a concern.  This project also brings Antimicrobial Copper out of the hospital and into the community where we’re seeing more and more cases of deadly infections caused by contaminated surfaces. It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of this project.  I am thrilled to continue the conversation with Global Ronald McDonald House Charities in hopes to recreate this installation in some of the 300 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.

For more information about Antimicrobial Copper, and to view a complete listing of EPA-approved public health claims, please visit http://www.antimicrobialcopper.com/us or email me at aestelle@cda.copper.org.

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