Revolutionary Copper Military Medical Unit

A modular epidemic treatment unit with antimicrobial copper touch surfaces

A rapidly-deployable, modular, net-zero energy epidemic treatment unit featuring antimicrobial copper surfaces has been unveiled at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo.

10th September 2015

Modula S – recently-named an awardee of the USAID Ebola Grand Challenge for its innovative rapid-deployment treatment units – opted to include easy-to-clean CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces to provide staff and patients with the most hygienic environment possible.

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 – such as brasses and bronzes – forming a family of materials collectively called 'antimicrobial copper'.

The Modula S Infection Isolation Unit is under consideration for deployment to humanitarian and expeditionary bases worldwide. It offers superior bacterial control and more comfortable conditions for treatment wards or triage and evacuation than traditional 'soft-shell' facilities, such as tent structures.  Tents present several challenges for medical staff and patient care, including hard-to-clean soft floor systems and fabrics that require large amounts of disinfectant, seams and corners that can act as contamination traps, a lack of floor drains and a comparatively short lifespan.

The Modula S units are 'hard shell' CLUs, employing improved thermal efficiency, super-insulation and a design that puts hygiene first. The interior walls and fixtures are made from antimicrobial copper, which will continuously kill bacteria in between regular cleans, working in conjunction with regular cleaning and disinfection to provide a cleaner environment.

The copper surfaces have smooth-welded joints and rounded corners, creating a seamless environment, and are installed in a smooth sloped-to-drain design for ease of rinse down and cleaning. As the surfaces are made from solid copper alloys, their antimicrobial efficacy will last the lifetime of the unit and will not wear away, unlike coatings.

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.

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For more information and high-resolution images, contact:

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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