With 20-30% of us unknowingly carrying Staphylococcus aureus at all times, it’s no wonder Staph infections in sports facilities are on the rise. Antimicrobial Copper can help.
Health clubs, sports facilities and sports equipment in general are used by large segments of the population on a regular basis. The hot, humid conditions typically found in these buildings are ideal for bacterial growth.
In the US, the severity of MRSA infections in Nebraska high schools has been documented extensively. MRSA infections in surveyed schools increased from 4.4% in the 2006-2007 to 14.4% in the 2007-2008 year. MRSA infections per 10,000 wrestlers increased 3 fold from 19.6 to 60.1. Out of 10,000 football players, a 5 fold increase was reported from 5.0 to 25.1. Clearly, good hygiene and surface disinfection are not enough to prevent infections in sports facilities.
In the UK, the Health Protection Agency and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy recognise the potential problem and have jointly issued guidelines for GPs on how to diagnose cases of an MRSA strain that thrives in health clubs, classrooms and other public spaces.
These statistics demonstrate the urgency for an effective antimicrobial touch surface that can continually fight one particular MRSA and other infectious organisms on sports equipment and frequently contacted surfaces. Antimicrobial Copper is available to continuously kill pathogenic microbes in sports facilities.
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.
- Population-Based Estimates of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infections Among High School Athletes--Nebraska, 2006-2008. Buss et al. The Journal of School Nursing 2009;25:282-291.