As a constant culprit to patient safety and infection control in healthcare environments, prevention of MRSA infections is an increasing goal in healthcare facilities worldwide.
Multi-drug resistant strains of this bacterium are easily transferred from patients and healthcare workers to touched surfaces and vice versa. Laboratory testing has proven that Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces deliver continuous and ongoing antibacterial action against MRSA.
By constructing the hospital built environment out of hygienic and bacteria killing materials, a facility can greatly reduce their bio-load.
The graph above illustrates the survival of MRSA on Antimicrobial Copper and stainless steel for comparison. As mentioned above, many copper alloys can legally claim a 99.9% kill of MRSA within two hours.
Read more on the other bacteria that Antimicrobial Copper is registered to kill.
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.