Competitive Claims: Other Metals & Costings
Other materials are no match
For years, stainless steel has been a material of choice for healthcare surfaces. Although stainless is durable and may look clean, its brushed surfaces can still harbor deadly bacteria for days, if not weeks. Conventional healthcare surfaces like stainless steel, plastics and chrome have no inherent bactericidal properties.*
Most additives and coatings that claim antimicrobial properties do not really kill infectious bacteria, but merely inhibit growth and/or retard odor, staining and surface deterioration caused by bacteria.
Silver-containing coatings and Triclosan- and silane-based additives do not have EPA public health registration and cannot match the ability of CuVerro® to kill harmful bacteria wthin two hours of exposure, and continue to kill bacteria after repeated [qtip:contamination.|Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly CuVerro® antimicrobial copper surfaces demonstrate effective antibacterial action against … MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli O157:H7,VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci) …]
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. So, 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. The chart above illustrates the net effectiveness of copper compared to coatings technologies and conventional metals in typical healthcare environments. Unlike CuVerro®, neither the silver-ion coatings nor stainless steel have the inherent ability to kill MRSA.
CuVerro®, however, 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. Because CuVerro® alloys contain copper, they have the power to kill bacteria in two hours of exposure, something stainless steel can’t do, no matter how clean it looks. Beyond these unique bactericidal properties, CuVerro® also offers the advantages of:
- Strength and durability
- A clean, professional appearance
- Tarnish resistance
- A warm, natural appearance
- The ability to withstand aggressive hospital cleaning chemicals