Antimicrobial Copper in Healthcare

Antimicrobial Copper in Healthcare

Every year healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are responsible for 75,000 deaths and can cost hospitals $45 billion. Because of the threat of HAIs in a range of hospital and other healthcare environments, a compelling case can be made for more effective cleaning protocols and product innovation to aid the fight against bacteria.

CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloys are this innovation. CuVerro surfaces kill 99.9% bacteria1, when cleaned regularly, and are an EPA-registered tool for continuously cleaner surfaces. The EPA registration is supported by data from rigorous Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) testing.

The goal is to break the chain of transmission.

With healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, family, visitors, and patients at risk, CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces are a powerful tool to supplement existing cleaning practices and help achieve this goal.

A range of state-of-the art healthcare facilities have installed various products made with CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloy, such as touch plates, door handles, and IV poles, as an aggressive stance in the fight against bacteria1 that can cause HAIs.

Currently studies to further test the efficacy of products made with CuVerro® are underway at Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Chicago Prostate Cancer Center.

Learn more about these institutions’ experiences with CuVerro® on the Clinical Studies page.

Preferred Surface Characteristics

Surfaces in the built environment represent an increasing concern to architects, designers, and other professionals when considering renovations or construction of a new facility. The Facility Guidelines Institutedevelops and publishes Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, which serves as the standard in hospital design requirements. These guidelines include preferred surface characteristics (of the ideal product) for healthcare environments and can be universally applied to other spaces.

Below is a list of characteristics of ideal surfaces used in a healthcare environment. CuVerro® surfaces offer a clear advantage in meeting these guidelines, exemplified in those characteristics listed below in bold.

  1. Easy to maintain, repair and clean
  2. Does not support microbial growth
  3. Non porous and smooth
  4. Has acoustic properties (e.g. Sound absorption), where applicable
  5. Inflammable-Class 1 fire rating, low smoke toxicity
  6. Durable
  7. Sustainable
  8. Low-VOC (no off-gassing)
  9. Cost effective (initial and life-cycle cost-effectiveness)
  10. Slip-resistant (appropriate coefficient of friction)
  11. Easy to install, demolish and replace
  12. Has compatible substrate and materials for surface assemblies
  13. Seamless
  14. Resilient, impact resistant
  15. Controls reflectivity/glare
  16. Has options for color, pattern, and texture
  17. Made of non-toxic/non-allergenic materials

CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces meet nearly every required characteristic for ideal surfaces in healthcare environments. Products made with CuVerro® can be easily installed and fit seamlessly in almost any space. These smooth surfaces are durable and easy to clean, but most importantly they actively kill infectious bacteria1. CuVerro® surfaces are also non-toxic and 100% recyclable.

Ask your healthcare provider about CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces today! Please contact us for more information about CuVerro®.