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Antimicrobial Copper Products – A New Weapon in the Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections (Part 2)

May 24th, 2013

By Wilton Moran, Copper Development Association (CDA) Project Engineer

When you think of hospital-acquired infections, does copper come to mind? If you work in a hospital setting, Antimicrobial Copper metal surfaces are your new weapon in the fight against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

 

When it comes to HAIs, simply requiring hospital workers to be diligent in hand washing isn’t enough.  Antimicrobial Copper products represent a new and innovative way to engineer patient safety into a hospital setting. Antimicrobial Copper is the only class of solid metals registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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, keyboards and more to kill bacteria between cleanings.

Antimicrobial copper keyboard manufactured by OIT.

In fact, a study published in the July 2012 edition of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found that when the surfaces of hospital components (a bedrail, IV pole or over bed table, for example) made of other materials were replaced with copper ones, there was an 83% reduction in the amount of bacteria on those surfaces. This is more evidence that Antimicrobial Copper should be considered a key infection-control strategy.

Currently, there are hundreds of Antimicrobial Copper healthcare related products—from IV poles to stretchers to door hardware — available today. Here is a list of manufacturers:

Operator Interface Technology: OIT started with the most rugged and reliable keyboards and keypads and added solid antimicrobial copper keys and surfaces. Keyboards are notorious reservoirs for infectious bacteria at the office or home. OIT keyboards made with CuVerro® antimicrobial copper surfaces continuously kill bacteria offering an added line of defense. Custom designs are also available.

For Antimicrobial inquiries, contact: Bob Nolan, 303-684-0094

 

TRIMCO: TRIMCO manufactures commercial and architectural door hardware. TRIMCO offers a broad range of commercial grade products made with CuVerro® antimicrobial copper alloys. For Antimicrobial inquiries, contact Reed Baumgarten, sales manager, 323-262-4191 (x129).

Here are some additional product manufacturers who are currently offering EPA-registered Antimicrobial copper alloy products:

Arrow Hart

Products: Light switches and wall plates.

 

Colonial Bronze

Products: Decorative and architectural hardware including: knobs, pulls, appliance pulls, towel bars,

grab bars, bath accessories, switch plates, outlet covers and more.

 

Denise Siegel Bronze

Products: Cabinet hardware, decorative tile.

 

Elkay Commercial Products

Products: Sinks

 

Just Manufacturing

Products: Sinks

 

Midbrook Medical

Products: IV Poles, tables, all high frequency touch surfaces.

 

NuAire

Products: Laboratory incubators.

 

Pedigo Products

Products: Stretcher rails, IV poles

 

Rocky Mountain Hardware, Inc.

Products: Architectural door hardware including knobs, levers, grips, push plates, kick plates,

hinges, sinks, lighting, faucets and more.

 

Wagner

Products: Railings

As awareness grows of copper’s unique ability to fight the bacteria that cause infections, our hope is that hospital officials will begin to incorporate Antimicrobial Copper products in their facilities. For more information about the benefits of Antimicrobial Copper products, contact me, wilton.moran@copperalliance.us.

About Antimicrobial Copper

* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper surfaces kill 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.

 

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