Easy-to-digest, magazine articles
Here are a range of articles from the trade and healthcare press covering Antimicrobial Copper science, products, adoption and economics. If you would like an article for your publications, please contact Bryony Samuel, Communications Officer, Copper Development Association.
Health Estate Journal, October 2017
Copper – for many centuries known for its antimicrobial properties – is increasingly being used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities worldwide as an aid to infection control and reducing healthcare-associated infections. Here Tim Sandle, head of Microbiology at Bio Products Laboratory, discusses how antimicrobial surfaces incorporating copper can assist with hospital infection control programmes and the fight against nosocomial infection.View
International Pharmaceutical Industry, Spring 2017, Volume 9 Issue 1
This article describes some of the latest developments in antimicrobial copper, looking at new science, its growing inclusion in guidelines and ratings systems, and a high-profile installation at a leading London research facility.
IFHE Digest 2016
This article summarises the science demonstrating copper's antimicrobial efficacy, and explores the practical and economic aspects of deploying antimicrobial copper touch surfaces as an additional infection control measure.
Archetech, January 2016, Issue 22
Architects and designers have a key role to play in designing infection out of our hospitals and public spaces, and now they have a new ally: Antimicrobial Copper.
Health Management Journal, December 2015, Volume 15, Issue 4
An article summarising the latest evidence and cost-benefit of upgrading to antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.
International Pharmaceutical Industry, October 2015
An article providing an update on the latest scientific and clinical trial evidence supporting the deployment of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to augment existing decontamination practices, with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry.
Hospital Healthcare Europe 2015, Pages 135–138
An article by Michael Oko – ENT Consultant and Clinical Lead, and Department of Health Advisor on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea who has installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in his own facility – exploring how 'copper touch surfaces in the clinical setting effectively reduce infection rates and save lives'.
FM World, May 2015
An article aimed at making facilities managers aware of the opportunities presented by installing antimicrobial copper as an additional infection control measure in new builds or rennovation projects.
Health Business, October 2014
This article looks at the business case for replacing frequently-touched surfaces with antimicrobial copper equivalents, as part of a new build or refurbishment, in terms of component costs and resultant savings due to fewer healthcare-associated infections.
ACR News, November 2013
This ACR News article explores how the antimicrobial properties of copper can be harnessed for heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.View
Building Better Healthcare, December 2012
A special report offering the history and development of antimicrobial copper for infection prevention, including recent developments such as a business case model and new research from Professor Bill Keevil.
Materials World, April 2012
An article prepared by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining's Eoin Redahan for Materials World magazine, covering the Antimicrobial Hard Surface Testing workshop at the British Standards Institution. The shortcomings of the existing standards for antimicrobial efficacy of hard surfaces, and the need for a more appropriate test, were unanimously agreed by the delegates and the panel. The context of the meeting was all antimicrobial applications but discussions focussed on healthcare and the food industry.
Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.
Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.