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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mehiläinen is a newly-renovated medical facility in Pori, Finland that has been one of the first healthcare centres in the country to capitalise on the antimicrobial properties of copper.
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.
MSKCC is one of the world's premier cancer centres, and was one of three hospitals involved in a US clinical trial assessing antimicrobial copper’s clinical efficacy.
In Japan, the Ochiai Clinic for fever patients has undergone an antimicrobial copper fit-out including brass wall and worktop cladding and door furniture. Ken Takahashi, the avant garde architect-designer, combined art with science in his design concept, exploiting the inherent bug-killing properties of a warm, golden copper alloy.
The Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Medical Center is a primary, secondary and tertiary care facility that serves more than 40,000 US army veterans annually. It also conducts investigations that will improve the health care of veterans, and was one of three hospitals involved in the US pilot programme to assess antimicrobial copper’s efficacy in a clinical environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opened in November 2010, the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) Hospital's Cancer Center in Groningen, the Netherlands, has been fitted throughout with door handles made from bronze – an alloy of copper benefitting from its antimicrobial properties. It was the very first Dutch facility to have implemented antimicrobial copper, leading the way in infection prevention.
This 85-bed facility is a nursing home and rehabilitation centre which delivers multi-professional, high-quality care, rehabilitation and counselling services for military veterans and other geriatric patients. Copper surfaces installed included door handles, grab rails, serving trolleys, handrails, switches and shower drain covers.
The Community Healthcare Campus is a healthcare facility showcase that demonstrates how key elements of design and construction, such as Antimicrobial Copper, can help create a better, safer environment for clinicians and patients as well as contributing towards sustainable construction.
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.
Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces were installed in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Aghia Sofia Children's Hospital in Greece to assess the reduction in contamination that could achieved.
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.