Antimicrobial Copper has been successfully utilised in hygiene-sensitive environments throughout the world as a means to kill pathogenic microbes on frequently-touched surfaces, thus reducing the risk of transmission of infection.
A Valparaiso Metro train in Chile was the first of its kind to be equipped with antimicrobial copper hand rails and poles in a move intended to help reduce the risk of infections spreading between the Metro's 18 million annual users and improve the public transport experience.
Navarra University Hospital in Spain has boosted existing infection control measures in its intensive care unit with a suite of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces including bed rails, overbed tables, computer input devices, trolleys and furniture handles.
Gilmour Academy Ice Arena converted more than 200 touch surfaces to antimicrobial copper in a bid to improve hygiene and reduce the risk of infections spreading between users of the facilities.
The world's busiest airport – Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, in the USA – was the first mass transit facility in the world to install drinking fountains and bottle filling stations benefitting from the hygienic properties of antimicrobial copper.
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre – a new build cancer support and information centre based at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust – installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces throughout to boost patient safety by providing a more hygienic environment for users of the facility.
The world's first large-scale residential installation of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces took place in Reims, France.
In a world first, the most popular restaurant chain in South Korea has outfitted two of its top outlets in Seoul with antimicrobial copper, augmenting existing hygiene measures with a view to setting the gold standard for food safety.
This Brazilian supermarket introduced supermarket trolleys with antimicrobial copper handles to help reduce the spread of disease-causing pathogens.
The Alameda Bus Station in Chile was the first bus station in the world to install antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.
A patient safety initiative led by an Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant at the Bostonian Sleep Clinic in Lincolnshire harnessed the inherent antimicrobial efficacy of copper to help address the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals.
The Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center – part of Grinnell Regional Medical Center – features state-of-the-art equipment including antimicrobial copper touch surfaces.
The first dental office in Brazil to install a suite of antimicrobial copper products to enhance infection prevention was Dr Nobayashi's endodontic practice in São Paulo, Brazil.
Moreno Consulting – a French recruitment and HR company – outfitted its Reims office with antimicrobial copper door handles to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. The company believes that 'protecting the health of clients is as important as providing them services'.
Isku-Yhtymä Oy, a Finnish company offering interior design and furniture solutions for healthcare facilities, public spaces and private homes, offers an antimicrobial copper range. To demonstrate the efficacy of their products, they installed them in their own occupational healthcare centre.
Núcleo Aprendizagem e Desenvolvimento (Core Learning and Development) is a school in Sao Paulo for students with special educational needs, both child and adult. To help protect their health, it replaced table tops, hand rails and door furniture throughout the facility with brass equivalents.
This new build, thousand-bed hospital in Japan installed antimicrobial copper door furniture throughout its internal medicine, dermatology, pharmaceutical, haemotology and outpatient facilities.
Border Control booths at Chile's Arturo Merino Benítez Airport were upgraded to antimicrobial copper to help protect the health of travellers and staff using the facilities.
Patient bathrooms and IT suites in Finland's Jorvi Hospital were outfitted with antimicrobial copper equipment to reduce the risk of infections spreading via frequently-touched surfaces.
The newly-built Hitachi Medical Center – a hospital located in Hitachi City, north of Tokyo in Japan, part of the Medical School of Showa University – installed antimicrobial copper beds and overbed tables in its convalescent wards. Sampling of these surfaces showed significantly lower bacterial burden than that on non-copper equivalents.
While renovating the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the 2014 Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings installed antimicrobial copper equipment in their strength and training facility.
Severance Hospital – part of the Yonsei University Health System: the foundation of modern medical science in Korea – installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in its new-build children's cancer centre to help protect vulnerable patients from the spread of infection.
Sandringham Hospital was the first in Australia to install antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to augment existing infection control procedures. Undergoing a refurbishment and extension, the 105-bed facility in Melbourne installed many high-touch surfaces made from antimicrobial copper.
Harburg Asklepios Clinic – a 774-bed facility that treated 76,000 patients in 2013 – was refurbished in 2015, expanding and adding departments including a cutting-edge intensive care unit with space for 60 patients. Throughout the ICU, stroke unit and isolation rooms, 600 antimicrobial copper door handles were added to help reduce the risk of infections spreading.
Pullman Regional Hospital – a level IV trauma centre in the United States – installed antimicrobial copper components throughout its facility as an additional way of reducing healthcare-associated infections and keeping patients safe.
Chile's most important public hospital upgraded the rails and handles on beds in Critical Care, Burn and Surgical wards to antimicrobial copper as part of ongoing efforts to enhance patient safety.