CuVerro Copper v. Stainless Steel & Other Materials

CuVerro Copper v. Stainless Steel & Other Materials

Stainless Steel

For years, stainless steel has been the material of choice for healthcare surfaces. Although stainless is durable and may look clean, its can still harbor deadly bacteria for days, if not weeks. Conventional healthcare surfaces like stainless steel, plastics, wood, and chrome have no inherent bactericidal properties.

Additives & Coatings

Most additives and coatings that claim antimicrobial properties do not kill infectious bacteria, but merely inhibit growth and/or retard odor, staining, and surface deterioration caused by bacteria.

In December 2015, Kaiser Permanente banned 13 antimicrobial additives and coatings from its facilities because of potentially toxic chemicals and ineffectiveness. Antimicrobial copper, a solid surface, was not included on this list.

Silver-containing coatings and Triclosan- and silane-based additives do not have EPA registration to make public health claims. They cannot match the ability of CuVerro® to kill harmful bacteria1 within two hours of exposure, and continue to kill bacteria1 even after repeated contamination.

Instead, the silver- and chemical-coated products are marketed under the EPA Treated Article Exemption which means the antimicrobial agent may only claim to protect the treated product itself from non-specific bacteria that cause odor and degradation. For example, a silver-coated article is protecting the article itself (such as a door pull, grab bar, or handrail) from degradation, with no proven ability to offer people any protection against disease-causing bacteria.

EPA-Registered CuVerro® Bactericidal Copper

Neither the silver-ion coatings nor stainless steel have the inherent ability to kill MRSA, no matter how clean they may look. CuVerro® kills MRSA and is backed by sound science, GLP testing and EPA registration, whereas coatings that imply antimicrobial properties are neither tested nor recognized by the EPA as a way to protect people against disease-causing bacteria.

Beyond these unique bactericidal properties, CuVerro® also offers the advantages of:

  • Strength and durability
  • Formability
  • A clean, professional appearance
  • Tarnish resistance
  • A warm, natural appearance
  • The ability to withstand aggressive hospital cleaning chemicals