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.
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.
San Juan de Dios Hospital in Arequipa was the first healthcare facility in Peru to install antimicrobial copper touch surfaces as an additional infection prevention measure.
Park Clinic Manhagen – a specialist German clinic renowned for its high standards of care and medical innovation – added antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to its suite of infection prevention measures.
24 Hour Veterinary Practice in Harare was Zimbabwe's first facility to add antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to its suite of infection prevention measures.
South Africa's 'Miracle Trains' – Transnet's Phelophepa I and II, which provide healthcare to rural communities across the country – have harnessed the power of antimicrobial copper to help deliver safer healthcare to millions of people.
The Varanda Grill restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has installed antimicrobial copper handrails at its Jardim Paulista branch, harnessing the aesthetic and antimicrobial properties of copper to enhance the dining experience.
One of Brazil's busiest airports is led the way in improving hygiene in public spaces with an installation of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces, including handrails and counters.
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.
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.
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.
The new, multi-million pound trauma and orthopaedic facility at Craigavon Area Hospital features copper ironmongery for a healthy and healing environment.
Niederberg Clinic is a specialist teaching hospital, run as a non-profit organisation, which provides the second highest level of care in Germany's Hospital Requirements Plan (Level III). Antimicrobial copper door furniture has been installed in its paediatric facilities, to help protect the health of some of its most vulnerable patients.
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.
The Kohitsuji Child Center in Mitaka, Tokyo – completed in February 2011 – installed brass door furniture and handrails throughout to help limit the spread of infectious diseases amongst its children.
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.
At the offices of the Japan Institute of Medical Materials Distribution Research, antimicrobial copper items have been installed to help prevent the spread of germs between employees and visitors with the goal of achieving a healthier office environment.
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.
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.