World First: Antimicrobial Copper Thermometer Launched

An antimicrobial copper thermometer manufactured by Karabinis Medical S.A.

In a world first, Greek company Karabinis Medical S.A. has launched an antimicrobial copper thermometer, with touch surfaces that will continuously kill disease-causing microbes.

5th February 2015

'I set out to create an antimicrobial thermometer that would limit the spread of pathogens, thus protecting the health of those using it,' explains Karabinis Medical's President and CEO, Apostolos Karabinis. 'The realisation of that concept is based on laboratory research and clinical studies into the antimicrobial efficacy of copper against a range of pathogens and in actual medical environments.'

A press conference was held in Athens to launch the product, and there the Greek Minister of Health was presented with 2,000 antimicrobial copper thermometers bound for some of Greece's most remote healthcare facilities, to support infection prevention measures.

The event was also attended by the Presidents of Greece's Pharmaceutical Society, who welcomed the new product and emphasised the importance of pharmacies promoting value-added products to their customers. Dr Panos Efstathiou, Scientific Consultant to the Hellenic Copper Development Institute and leader of antimicrobial copper clinical trials in Greece, spoke on the scientific significance of harnessing antimicrobial copper in such new applications.

Copper is a powerful antimicrobial with rapid, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria and viruses, including MRSA and norovirus.  It shares this benefit with a range of copper alloys, forming a family of materials collectively called 'antimicrobial copper'. Touch surfaces made from solid antimicrobial copper are used by healthcare facilities around the world to reduce the spread of infection.

Multiple clinical trials have shown antimicrobial copper surfaces harbour >80% less contamination than non-copper equivalents, and a multi-site clinical trial in the US also demonstrated a corresponding 58% reduction in a patient's risk of acquiring an infection. Working together with regular surface cleaning and good hand hygiene, antimicrobial copper contributes to a safer and healthier environment in hospitals and other areas where the spread of infection is a concern.

Details of the new thermometer – Alfacheck AT400 – and other approved antimicrobial copper products and services are available in the Products and Services section of www.antimicrobialcopper.org.

 

For further information and high-resolution images, contact:

Bryony Samuel
Communications Officer
Copper Development Association
bryony.samuel@copperalliance.org.uk

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.

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