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Here is a range of brochures on the properties and applications of Antimicrobial Copper for those interested in design, specification, manufacture, supply and deployment. Browse the list or refine using the filters below.

 

AMC 226-0: 2016 Specification for Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces

Specification for Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces for use in project documentation. 1pp. 2016.


The use of antimicrobial copper alloys to improve hygiene in the built environment is a recently identified application so there are currently no building specifications or classifications relating to these materials. This document acts as a guide to specifiers wishing to include Antimicrobial Copper in their projects and permission is granted for the below text to be copied and used in documentation.

AMC 226-0: 2016 Specification for Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces
A Helping Hand from Copper

Infographic for patients explaining the benefits of Antimicrobial Copper for improving hygiene in hospitals, 1pp.  2015.


Infographic for patients summarising in simple terms how copper can provide a 'helping hand' to bolster infection control measures and improve hygiene.  Can also be used at poster size for wall displays.

A Helping Hand from Copper
Pub 219 - Antimicrobial Copper: A Hospital Manager's Guide

Simple guide for hospital managers, 4pp. September 2014.


Upgrading selected touch surfaces to Antimicrobial Copper is a simple but effective measure that is shown to reduce costly infections, freeing up beds and clinical resources and improving patient care. After a very short initial payback period, significant long-term savings are possible.

Antimicrobial Copper: A Hospital Manager's Guide
Pub 196 - Reducing the Risk of Healthcare Associated Infections - The Role of Copper Touch Surfaces

Overview of the science and practical deployment of Antimicrobial Copper. 16pp. Revised October 2014


A report summarising the scientific evidence on the antimicrobial efficacy of copper and copper alloys in the laboratory and clinical environment. It provides an introduction to practical implementation, cleaning and economic considerations for healthcare installations, and has a useful bibliography.

Reducing the Risk of Healthcare Associated Infections - The Role of Copper Touch Surfaces
Pub 201 - Antimicrobial Copper - FAQs

Frequently asked questions on the properties adn applications of Antimicrobial Copper, 8pp, May 2014.


A brochure addressing frequently asked questions regarding the properties and applications of Antimicrobial Copper.

Pub 220 - Antimicrobial Copper: A Specifier's Guide

This simple guide provides information on which surfaces to prioritise for upgrade, how to recognise efficacious products and where to source these. 4pp. October 2014.


While the antimicrobial properties of copper have been known and appreciated for centuries, it is only recently that the clinical benefits of copper touch surfaces have been evaluated. Although there are more than 200 papers published on laboratory and clinical research, there is a lack of practical information in the public domain to help specifiers understand where and how to deploy copper to improve environmental hygiene in healthcare facilities.

Antimicrobial Copper: A Specifier's Guide
Pub 213 - Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfection

Guidance on cleaning and disinfection of antimicrobial copper surfaces.  1pp, November 2013.


This one-page guide explains the compatibility of copper alloys with hospital cleaning and disinfecting agents and distinguishes between cleaning and maintaining a bright finish.

Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfection
Pub 215 - Stop the Spread of HCAIs - Factsheet

Infographic explaining the role of Antimicrobial Copper in infection prevention and control, 1pp. April 2013.


Deadly healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a major threat in European hospitals, as bacteria have grown to resist many of today's antibiotics. Learn about an additional line of defence that goes further than hand washing - Antimicrobial Copper.

Stop the Spread of HCAIs - Factsheet
All Copper Heat Exchangers Brochure

Introductory brochure, 4pp., April 2014.


The benefits of using all-copper coils are already well known in the HVACR industry. Copper, as well as many copper alloys, have remarkable intrinsic antimicrobial properties. This phenomenon has implications not only for touch surfaces but also for HVAC components. Copper HVAC components suppress the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew that reduce system efficiency and cause product deterioration or foul odours.  Compared to coils made with aluminum fins, coils made with copper fins and copper tubes stay cleaner longer, operate more efficiently and are more resistant to corrosion.

All Copper Heat Exchangers Brochure
Pub 214 Antimicrobial Copper Alloys: Guidance on Selection

This publication offers designers, manufacturers and specifiers guidance on identifying the most appropriate copper alloy for a product where the intrinsic antimicrobial characteristics of copper may be beneficial.  16pp.  2013.


Its focus is design for the healthcare sector, but the information applies equally to other environments where hygiene and the spread of infection are concerns.  The guide features a table of commonly available alloys, representing the different copper-alloy families, listing compositions and properties and ordered by colour. 

Antimicrobial Copper Alloys: Guidance on Selection
Pub 212 - Near-patient Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces for Infection Control - The Business Case

Intriduction to the YHEC Business Case Model, 2pp. October 2012, revised April 2013.


An introduction to the business case for installing antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in healthcare facilities, showing a worked example of an ICU, based on a fully-referenced cost-benefit model developed for hospital managers by York Health Economics Consortium.

Near-patient Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces for Infection Control - The Business Case
Pub 210 - Antimicrobial Copper Installations: Case Studies - Healthcare

A collection of antimicrobial copper healthcare installations from around the world.  16pp. November 2014.


This brochure showcases a number of healthcare installations from different environments and different countries.

Antimicrobial Copper Installations: Case Studies - Healthcare
Pub 198 - The Benefits of Designing with Antimicrobial Copper Alloys

An innovative approach to hygienic design, 2pp.  May 2013.


Introductory brochure offering architects and designers the opportunity to harness the intrinsic antimicrobial properties of copper alloys for innovative, cost-effective hygienic design.

The Benefits of Designing with Antimicrobial Copper Alloys
Pub 211 - Antimicrobial Copper Cu+ Product Directory

A directory of suppliers of components and service providers who have been approved to use the Cu+ brand.  100pp.  October 2014.


A global directory of suppliers of architectural ironmongery, electrical switches and sockets, medical equipment, sanitary fittings and ward furniture, and service providers who have been approved to use the Cu+ brand.

Antimicrobial Copper Cu+ Product Directory
Pub 208 - Reducing the Risk of Healthcare-Associated Infections

First clinical trial to report reduced infection rates due to installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.  4pp, 2011.


Brochure prepared for the World Health Organisation's 1st International Conference on Infection Prevention and Control, highlighting the first clinical trial to demonstrate that replacement of key touch surface components leads to reduced infections in patients. Also features the latest work on copper's antimicrobial efficacy mechanism.

Reducing the Risk of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Design Guide - The Copper Advantage: A Guide to Working With Copper and Copper Alloys

This booklet will answer questions about using copper and copper alloys in familiar ways and in new applications, as well as guide the reader to sources of more in-depth information.  28pp. 2010.


The information in this guide includes an overview of the well known physical, mechanical and chemical properties of copper, as well as more recent scientific findings that show copper has an intrinsic antimicrobial property. Working and finishing techniques, alloy families, coloration and other attributes are addressed, illustrating that copper and its alloys are so adaptable that they can be used in a multitude of applications in almost every industry, from door handles to electrical circuitry to heat exchangers.

Copper's malleability, machinability and conductivity have made it a long time favourite metal of manufacturers and engineers, but it is its antimicrobial property that will extend
that popularity into the future. This guide describes that property and illustrates how it can benefit everything from common touch surfaces to HVAC coils.

This guide has been produced for the USA but is relevant for all regions.

Design Guide: The Copper Advantage
Pub 204 - The Potential Role of Antimicrobial Copper in Food Processing Applications

Introductory brochure for food processing industry. 2pp, May 2010.


Copper is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent effective against a range of pathogens threatening public health today, whether they are foodborne, airborne, waterborne or transmitted by touch.  Recent science shows that copper has an intrinsic ability to rapidly inactivate dangerous foodborne pathogens (including E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter jejuni, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enteritidis) at both refrigerated and room temperature.  Copper and copper alloys could therefore help to reduce the incidence of cross-contamination in food processing facilities.

The Potential Role of Antimicrobial Copper in Food Processing Applications
Pub 202 - Practical Aspects of Reducing Bioburden with Copper: Clinical Case Study: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham

Practical information on the Selly Oak copper touch surface fit-out, for healthcare estates personnel. 4pp, 2010.


There is now substantial scientific evidence to support the replacement of frequently touched equipment and fittings in the clinical environment with those incorporating copper to reduce contamination and therefore reduce the risk of infection.  The Copper Clinical Trial, conducted on a busy medical ward at Selly Oak Hospital, demonstrated a 90-100% reduction in contamination on coppercontaining vs standard surfaces.  The experience of fitting out the test ward with a full range of copper-containing products has made a major contribution to the understanding of the practical application of the science. (Presented at IHEEM 2009 Conference, Harrogate).

Practical Aspects of Reducing Bioburden with Copper: Clinical Case Study: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham
Pub 200 - Comparing Antimicrobial Efficacy of Copper and Silver for Interior Touch Surface Applications

Introductory level. 1pp, 2010.


Silver and copper have been used for their antimicrobial properties for centuries. This one page summary reports on a study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology which compares performance of silver-ion containing materials and copper under typical indoor conditions.

Comparing Antimicrobial Efficacy of Copper and Silver for Interior Touch Surface Applications

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