Fact vs Fiction

Fact vs Fiction

FICTION: CuVerro copper is too expensive

FACT: CuVerro is an investment in patient safety & a facility’s cleanliness. Stainless steel, while initially less expensive than CuVerro, has no ability to fight bacteria – in fact, bacteria can grow and multiply on stainless steel. HAIs caused by deadly bacteria can cost between $40k - $50k per infection. Meanwhile, CuVerro is the first class of EPA-registered solid surface material that continuously kills bacteria 24 hours a day, even after repeated exposure to additional bacteria.

VERDICT: With routine cleaning, CuVerro actually maintains or lowers the bacterial loads, potentially reducing the investment necessary in enhanced cleaning protocols. 

Side-by-Side Comparison

CuVerro® Stainless Steel
Maintains or lowers bacterial load, reducing the investment needed in enhanced cleaning, therefore creating a savings to the hospital Allows harmful bacteria to rapidly multiply and persist for months, potentially resulting in HAIs that cost thousands of dollars 
Continuously kills bacteria 24 hours a day, even between cleanings Has no efficacy to kill bacteria
EPA-registered, scientifically proven Cannot make public health claims


FICTION: There is very little science and no clinical data to indicate that CuVerro copper is effective in killing bacteria. 

FACT: Actually, there’s been extensive clinical and laboratory research in this area, conducted by hospitals and large research universities. The EPA rigorously tested CuVerro’s effectiveness in killing bacteria known to cause Hospital Acquired Infections. In extensive clinical and laboratory tests, CuVerro proved so effective at continuously destroying infectious bacteria that the EPA did something unprecedented. The EPA recognized CuVerro as the first class of solid surface material capable of killing harmful, potentially deadly bacteria. As such, CuVerro is officially registered with the EPA for its ability to continuously kill infectious bacteria - including MRSA and other drug resistant superbugs.

The Hard Data of How CuVerro is More Effective at Killing Bacteria

Medical researchers assess room hygiene using the metric of bacterial load (or bioburden), which examines the concentration of microbes on a given surface area. Why is bioburden important? Maintaining a low bioburden helps lower the risk of transferring deadly bacteria among patients and staff, helping to put a stop to the spread of infections. The current suggested standard for surface-level cleanliness after terminal cleaning in a healthcare setting is between 250CFU/100cm. A 2016 study from Grinnell Regional Medical Center examined a variety of hospital room items made of CuVerro copper vs. other materials like plastic and stainless steel. The study found that on average, items made from CuVerro copper had only 80 – 161.7 CFU/100 cm, while items made of conventional materials had 2,434 – 5,368 CFU/100 cm. Put simply, the non-copper items in the medical facility had a substantially higher bacterial load.  

For more insights from the data, read the full Grinnell research study here.

In addition, the EPA’s recognition is acknowledgement of CuVerro’s efficacy as a sanitizer and its staying power. The EPA testing showed that CuVerro kills over 99.9% of infectious bacteria to which it’s exposed. The EPA’s study also found that CuVerro continues to kill bacteria and inhibit bacterial growth even after repeated contaminations. Most exciting was the EPA’s conclusion that CuVerro’s ability to destroy bacteria does not wear out or diminish between routine cleaning or over time.

VERDICT: A peer-reviewed research study from a major medical institution showed that CuVerro copper significantly reduces the bacterial load on a variety of items. It killed far more bacteria than items made from stainless steel. It’s clear that CuVerro copper creates a strong defense against infection-causing bacteria.  

FICTION: Installing CuVerro in your facility sounds complicated - we’ll just clean more

FACT: Even with its incredible antimicrobial properties, CuVerro is just as versatile as many other standard building materials. It can easily be customized or retrofitted to meet your facility’s specifications and needs. CuVerro has already been installed in a wide variety of medical, athletic, clinical, and hospitality environments.

VERDICT: CuVerro copper comes in rolls, strips, coils, and rods. Moreover, it can be molded into any product that stainless steel can be molded. Integrating copper into your manufacturing process or healthcare facility is a seamless process. 

FICTION: Copper looks unusual compared to stainless steel

FACT: With its unique color, CuVerro will surely be a topic of conversations among clients, staff, patients, and others at your facility. Luckily, that chat about aesthetics can quickly bridge to a conversation about how this new look helps kill infectious bacteria and highlights an organization’s commitment to patient safety. Customers, staff, and patients will be grateful that a facility took powerful action to combat bacteria. Additionally, CuVerro can also be made in a lighter color option that mimics the look of stainless steel if desired. 

VERDICT: CuVerro copper offers a fresh look for commonplace items like sinks, door handles, bed railings etc. While patients might question the color initially, your staff can quickly point out how by using copper your organization is fighting against bacteria and infection.