Model German Clinic Installs Copper

Antimicrobial copper surfaces at Park Clinic Manhagen in Germany

Park Clinic Manhagen – a specialist German clinic renowned for its high standards of care and medical innovation – has added antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to its suite of infection prevention measures.

1st July 2015

Prof. Dr. Jörg Braun, Medical Director of Park Clinic Manhagen, explains, 'In my previous position as Chief Physician at Asklepios Clinic Wandsbek, I was responsible for carrying out Germany's first clinical trials of antimicrobial copper. Between 2008 and 2009, we studied contamination on door handles on geriatric, oncology and pulmonary wards and found significant reductions on the copper surfaces compared to non-copper equivalents.

'At Manhagen, we want to pioneer the highest possible hygiene standards, going beyond legal requirements. This requires consistent training and motivation for staff to comply with hygiene regulations and, additionally, copper surfaces.'

Solid antimicrobial copper door furniture has been installed throughout the clinic's intermediate care area to help reduce the risk of infections spreading between patients, staff and visitors.

'Our nurses are enthusiastic about the new approach,' observes Prof. Dr. Braun. 'Everyone involved is clear that antimicrobial copper is not a replacement for standard hygiene measures – especially hand hygiene – but rather a complementary measure.'

Copper is a powerful antimicrobial with rapid, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria and viruses, including MRSA, E.coli and norovirus. It shares this benefit with a range of copper alloys – including brasses and bronzes – 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 infections such as norovirus and MRSA, supporting key infection control measures such as good hand hygiene and frequent surface cleaning and disinfection.

Park Clinic Manhagen joins a number of other healthcare facilities in Germany already using antimicrobial copper, including Asklepios Clinics in Wandsbek and Harburg, Hagen General Hospital and Evangelical Geriatric Centre Berlin.

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Bryony Samuel
Communications Officer
Copper Development Association

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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