Antimicrobial Supply Chain in Sync

Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces installed at The Bostonian clinic in the UK

Three companies at the forefront of innovations in environmental decontamination are launching their collaborative marketing of antimicrobial copper products and services at today's Reducing HCAIs event in London.

30th June 2015

ACT Surfaces – a company that assists manufacturers with materials and provides a full specification service to facilities wishing to bolster their infection control measures with copper touch surfaces – has brought together renowned heating and plumbing manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire, and presswork experts Fellows, to offer a more comprehensive product range. Their portfolio includes frequently-touched items that can become reservoirs of infection such as sinks and taps, bed rails, door handles, light switches and hand rails.

The Reducing HCAIs event series focuses on the systems and practices in place to support the government's zero tolerance policy for all healthcare-associated infections. The companies are there to raise the profile of copper as an addition to existing infection control practices.

'With a substantial body of scientific evidence demonstrating the value of antimicrobial copper surfaces to infection prevention, it's time for commercial companies – the manufacturers and suppliers – to work in sync and raise awareness of what's available on the market,' explains Andrew Cross, Director of ACT Surfaces. 'HCAIs are a multifaceted problem, so there can be no one solution. Installing antimicrobial copper touch surface items is an easy way for a hospital to improve their performance, in combination with good hand hygiene and surface cleaning practices.'

Pegler Yorkshire's Performa taps are designed to meet the specific challenges of the hospital environment. Made from solid brass – an alloy of copper benefiting from its inherent antimicrobial properties – the taps will rapidly eliminate any bacteria and viruses that settle on their surface.

Fellows has recently launched Europe's first antimicrobial copper sinks, made from a distinctive pinkish-silver alloy that is traditionally used for demanding offshore applications.

The new brochure – available to download from the News and Download Centre of the global information portal www.antimicrobialcopper.org – collects these products and more, conveniently and for the first time, enabling specifiers to see at a glance the range of items available, offering flexibility and options for a range of different healthcare environments.

Angela Vessey, Director of Copper Development Association, observes, 'There are now over 100 companies in Europe's Antimicrobial Copper supply chain, offering a range of alloys, products and services. Collaborative marketing, such as this, is key to simplifying the process of sourcing of a suite of touch surface products for a new-build or refurbishment project.

'The products and services on offer are approved under an industry stewardship scheme denoted by the Antimicrobial Copper and Cu+ marks, offering reassurance to specifiers that products are backed by science with proven clinical efficacy.'

For more information, and to view a full online product directory, visit 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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