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Copper Development Association to Tout the Benefits of Antimicrobial Copper at International Medical Marketplace Conference

By Harold Michels, CDA Senior Vice President, Technology and Technical Services

Harold Michels, Ph.D., Copper Development Association (CDA)Senior Vice President, Technology and Technical Services, will present a paper on the commercialization of antimicrobial copper at MEDICA 2013, the world’s largest medical marketplace, Nov. 20-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Last year the trade show attracted 134,482 participants from 120 countries across all continents and more than 4,500 exhibitors.

Next month I’ll be presenting the Commercialization of Antimicrobial Copper at the MEDICA Education Conference 2013. MEDICA is the largest medical trade fair in the world. Dr. Mike Schmidt, Vice Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, will present the clinical evidence that shows how antimicrobial copper works to kill bacteria in health care settings. Mark Tur, a CDA Antimicrobial Technical Consultant for the U.K., will discuss case studies and the economic impact. Our presentations are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21.

Antimicrobial Copper components were installed in this hospital room at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. Copper can be used to fight the spread of bacteria in ordinary hospital settings by installing copper bed rails, IV drip polls, tables, handrails, door and window fittings and much more.

We also will have a Copper Hospital display at MEDICA, featuring a patient room, nurse’s station and bathroom with Antimicrobial Copper surfaces in a variety of copper alloys and colors. Participants will be able to see how copper can work in ordinary health care settings. We’ll show copper bed rails, overbed tables, IV drip poles, light switches, handrails, door and window fittings, stethoscopes and a computer keyboard.

We’ve had opportunities in recent years to attend many conferences and meetings to provide information to health professionals, facility managers, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers about the value of 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 (EPA) to continuously kill more than 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria within two hours, including MRSA and VRE.

Copper is the third most important commercial material behind iron and steel. It can be fashioned into a variety of Antimicrobial Copper products, such as door handles, railings, IV stands, and more, to kill bacteria between cleanings.

In fact, the EPA has registered more than 400 copper-based alloys, such as brass and bronze, as public healthy antimicrobial products. Antimicrobial Copper goes head-to-head with steel when it comes to strength, durability and aesthetics. In addition, Antimicrobial Copper surfaces:

  • Are durable and recyclable.
  • Can stand up to harsh environments.
  • Can retain details and finish over time.
  • Are available in a wide variety of colors.

Antimicrobial Copper surfaces are also cost-effective. The investment in the installation of Antimicrobial Copper products in an intensive care unit will be paid back in less than a year with savings from prevented infections, according to a recent study by York Health Economics Consortium.

Another recent study in the SHEA Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that the number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in hospital rooms have been reduced by 58% with the use of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces, compared to patients treated in intensive care units without copper.

We hope our presence at MEDICA 2013 will continue to raise awareness of the benefits of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces and will encourage the use of products that increase patient safety in medical settings. For more information about the benefits of

Antimicrobial Copper, please visit http://www.antimicrobialcopper.com/us or email me at hmichels@copperalliance.us.

 

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