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.
During the renovation of a specialist Adult Rehabilitation Unit at the hospital, Antimicrobial Copper door furniture was installed throughout. The products chosen were from Allgood's Contego range of Antimicrobial Copper door furniture, made from an alloy visually indistinguishable from stainless steel, providing an unobtrusive additional infection prevention measure.
Infectious diseases are spread through person-to-person contact – more frequently through the hands than by any other method. While handwashing is the best line of defence against infection, it can be challenging to manage in public places. Antimicrobial copper handrails provided a hygienic and aesthetically pleasing solution to help tackle this problem on the Santiago metro.
Arsakion School is among the oldest and most prestigious private schools in Greece, educating over 12,000 students from various sites in Athens. After the school’s management were approached by the Hellenic Copper Development Institute about the antimicrobial properties of copper, they opted to install antimicrobial copper touch surfaces at three schools.
The Centre hospitalier de Rambouillet, in the Parisian region, is the first hospital in France to install antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to fight pathogens and reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) for its patients.
In France, North Parisian Private Hospital has fitted its Follow-up Care Unit with antimicrobial copper door handles and push plates to help protect vulnerable patients from healthcare-associated infections.
The Centre Inter Générationnel Multi Accueil (CIGMA) in Laval, France is equipped throughout with copper handrails and door handles. These surfaces are constantly touched by the residents, children and care staff, and are therefore potential hotspots for the spread of germs and illnesses and a prime target for upgrade to antimicrobial copper.
Roberto del Rio Children’s Hospital – the oldest paediatric facility in Chile – installed antimicrobial copper surfaces in its intensive care and treatment rooms to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
Evangelisches Geriatriezentrum Berlin (EGZB) is Germany’s largest geriatric facility, with around 200 beds, and elected to specify antimicrobial copper door furniture throughout to augment its infection prevention procedures. The touch surfaces rapidly and completely kill bacteria and viruses that settle on them, reducing the risk of infections being passed between patients, staff and visitors.
As part of its general refurbishment measures, Hagen General Hospital (AKH Hagen) elected to equip its children’s intensive care ward with antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to help lower the risk of healthcare-associated infections. The decision was taken as part of the hospital’s ‘multi-dimensional approach to hygiene.’
This 140-bed facility, along with its associated nursing home, St. Clair’s, embraced the latest science for supplementing hygienic practices, Antimicrobial Copper. Antimicrobial Copper door handles were installed throughout both facilities in a bid to reduce bacterial contamination on these frequently-touched surfaces.
Selly Oak Hospital is part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, and the site of the UK pilot programme to assess Antimicrobial Copper’s efficacy in a clinical environment. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces were installed in a general medical ward, including door handles, push plates, sink taps, grab rails, dressing trolleys and over-bed tables.
WSSK Hospital, located in Wroclaw, south-west Poland, has implemented antimicrobial copper surfaces in its Nephrology Ward, replacing the most frequently-touched surfaces – such as door handles, bed rails and call buttons – to help reduce the spread of infection.
Trafford General Hospital has the distinction of being the place where the NHS was founded in 1948, and a new unit has offered them the chance to harness the inherent antimicrobial properties of copper to help reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections and improve patient outcomes.
Tokuda Hospital Sofia – a thousand-bed facility in Bulgaria and part of a major private healthcare chain – installed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
At The Embrace – a non-profit facility in Athens, Greece that supports and cares for pregnant women in difficult circumstances – providing a safe and comfortable environment for women and their new babies. Hygiene and infection prevention are at the forefront of their service, and antimicrobial copper touch surfaces were chosen to augment existing sanitation procedures.
Splashes resulting from the use of high-speed rotating instruments used for dental treatments have been identified as a potential source of cross-contamination between patients, and a dental practice in the Netherlands is showcasing a new solution.
A state-of-the-art centre being constructed at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital is due to set the gold standard for infection prevention with Antimicrobial Copper door furniture specified throughout in a bid to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections in particularly vulnerable patients.
Ronald McDonald – a well-known, global brand – is also renowned for its housing charity, working in communities to offer aid to families in need. The charity's Charleston House has elected to retrofit many touch surfaces and hardware with antimicrobial copper items in the hopes of providing a safer living and working environment for guests and employees.
With influenza outbreaks on the rise, the spread of infectious diseases is a growing concern for educational institutions, and one Tokyo daycare centre is leading the way in infection prevention with antimicrobial copper.
In summer 2012, the Respiratory Intensive Care Floor was fitted with an extensive range of Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces to protect the health of vulnerable patients, and help prevent the spread of infection between them and healthcare workers.
MUSC, a world-class medical centre and educational institution, is involved in the US clinical trials assessing Antimicrobial Copper’s clinical efficacy. Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces have been installed in the 21-bed intensive care unit. Installed surfaces include nurses’ call devices, monitor bezels, bedrails and more.
Attikon Hospital provides general hospital and community services to the western part of Athens. Dr Armaganidis, Head of the Intensive Care Unit, became interested in antimicrobial copper after speaking to the Hellenic Copper Development Institute and its scientific team, and opted to install a variety of touch surfaces to augment the hospital’s existing infection prevention practices
This hospital is one of the premier cancer centres in the world and is one of three hospitals involved in US clinical trials assessing Antimicrobial Copper’s clinical efficacy.
Le cuivre et les alliages de cuivre sont des matériaux techniques, résistants, colorés et recyclables. Ils sont disponibles dans une grande variété de formes et de produits, adaptés à des usages très divers. Le cuivre et ses alliages offrent pour les concepteurs une large gamme de matériaux pour la fabrication de produits fonctionnels, durables et rentables.
Le cuivre et certains de ses alliages possèdent des propriétés antimicrobiennes intrinsèques (sous la désignation de cuivre antimicrobien ou antibactérien, autrement dit Antimicrobial Copper en anglais). Les produits fabriqués à partir de ces matériaux spécifiques ont un avantage supplémentaire, participant à l'hygiène. Les produits en cuivre antimicrobien constituent une aide supplémentaire, et non un substitut, dans le cadre des pratiques usuelles visant le contrôle des infections. Il reste primordial que toutes les mesures d'hygiène courantes soient maintenues, y compris celles liées au nettoyage et à la désinfection des surfaces environnementales.