Antimicrobial Copper Discussed at Hygiene into Business Conference

Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre

The use of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces to enhance hygiene is under discussion today at a Finnish conference exploring innovations for the hospital environment with a focus on indoor hygiene.

10th May 2016

Europe 2020—a 10-year strategy developed by the European Commission to advance the EU economy—includes public procurement as a key market-based policy instrument for smart and sustainable growth. Public demand is especially important in sectors such as construction, healthcare or in those instances where the public sector is a ´first user´ of the innovation. However, numerous legislation-based barriers preventing the public sector from acting as an intelligent and informed customer have been identified. In Finland, procurement legislation is being revised, which opens up new possibilities for innovative solutions that may reduce the life cycle costs for example in hospitals in the long run.

Today's seminar—Hygiene into Business (HygNess)—offers insights on new procurement law and related tools for procuring construction related services. Antimicrobial Copper is a partner in the HygNess project, and the use of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces is explored through a case study of their recent use in Lahti Hospital, Finland.

The HygNess project will endorse the field of indoor hygiene and related resource-efficient building engineering by creating a national building recommendation for indoor hygiene.

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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