Antimicrobial Copper at First Medical Conference of Professional Practice

Antimicrobial Copper was presented and exhibited at the First Medical Conference of Professional Practice (1st MED POINT) 16–17 April in Maroussi, Athens. The opportunity helped raise awareness amongst healthcare decision makers and industry on the benefits of solid copper and copper alloys touch surfaces, both in and beyond the healthcare environment.

20th May 2016

Organised by the Athens Medical Association, the conference assembled healthcare and medical business professionals from across Greece to discuss the latest innovations in healthcare and medical technology.

Two presentations addressed the deployment of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces as an additional infection prevention measure. The first, by Dr Panos Efstathiou, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon and Scientific Consultant to the Hellenic Copper Development Institute (HCDI), presented the laboratory and clinical trial data demonstrating the benefits of antimicrobial copper surfaces. He also discussed the financial benefits of copper in the ICU environment, where he gave a figure of 30% reduced operating costs after replacing frequently-touched surfaces with antimicrobial copper equilvalents.

A second presentation, by HCDI Director Nick Vergopoulos, built on the real-world applications and certification methodology for antimicrobial copper products in the wider community – beyond healthcare – to help tackle the spread of infections outside hospitals.

Exhibits shown at the HCDI stand included antimicrobial copper stethoscopes by Spirit Medical – a Taiwanese company – and a thermometer by Greek company Karabinis Medical.

Image courtesy of Steriall.

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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