In fact, there are over 500 different Antimicrobial Copper alloy compositions registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that span a wide range of engineering properties, colors and finishes. Products and surfaces manufactured from these solid metal alloys continuously kill harmful bacteria* that cause infections when cleaned regularly.
This means there is certainly an Antimicrobial Copper option that fits in with your existing or desired hospital interior design. Who knew you could continuously kill harmful bacteria* with such a wide spectrum of colors, forms and finishes?
The antimicrobial property of copper based alloys like brass and bronze is inherent to the metals and will last for the entire lifespan of the product. Antimicrobial Copper alloys are also highly recyclable and complement sustainable design practices.
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.
Some specific 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 important that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination or infections; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.