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Interest Surges in Antimicrobial Copper at the Healthcare Design Conference

By H. Wayne Seale, CDA Project Manager and Architectural Applications Specialist

The Copper Development Association recently exhibited at the 2013 Healthcare Design Conference, the nation’s leading event for professionals involved in the design and construction of health care facilities. More than 3,700 industry leaders from 30 countries attended the November conference in Orlando. The Center for Health Design hosted the conference in association with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Facility Management Association.

CDA exhibited at the 2013 Healthcare Design conference in Orlando last month and, in my opinion, it was our most successful opportunity yet to share the benefits of Antimicrobial Copper* (AMC) touch surfaces with healthcare and design professionals. It was the fourth year we attended the conference, but the first time manufacturers who attended the conference were interested in using Antimicrobial Copper in their product lines.

We had a lot of interest from representatives of the University of Virginia Health System, who wanted to learn more about Antimicrobial Copper use in hospital settings. A senior construction manager for the hospital also requested that the CDA present an Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces Seminar to his Charlottesville, Va., staff.

We discussed the science behind Antimicrobial Copper with a furniture manufacturer, who is interested in using AMC in a line of specially-designed chairs for healthcare settings.

Healthcare professionals are concerned about the prevalence of hospital-acquired infections and are increasingly aware of the benefits of using Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces as a way to fight bacteria in clinical settings. Hospital patients have a one-in-20 chance of developing an infection. If they do develop an infection, they have a one-in-20 chance of dying as a result. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HAIs kill 100,000 U.S. patients and cost up to $45 billion annually.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered more than 400 copper- based alloys, such as brass and bronze, as public health antimicrobial products.  Antimicrobial Copper is the only class of solid metal touch surfaces registered by the EPA to continuously kill bacteria that cause infections and pose a risk to human health.

For more information about the benefits of Antimicrobial Copper products, contact Adam Estelle, CDA Project Engineer:  adam.estelle@copperalliance.us

 

* 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. – See more at: http://coppertalk.ppginteractive.com/2013/10/18/cda-presents-a-symposium-on-antimicrobial-copper-and-its-role-in-killing-bacteria-in-clinical-settings/#sthash.PrYSpR6j.dpuf

 

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