This bacterium is opportunistic and thrives on most surfaces. It is commonly found on and in medical equipment.
'Thriving on most surfaces' implies that the bacteria may come into contact with people on a regular basis with no adverse effects. However, when a weakness in the host's defenses is recognized, the bacterium can be deadly. People that come into contact with Pseudomonas aeruginosa can spread the bacteria to touched surfaces which can endanger those with weakened immune systems. Weakened immune systems are quite common in patients in ICU rooms.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is responsible for about 0.4% of all hospital-acquired infections each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. Copper touch surfaces effectively kill this pathogen. Other surface materials (plastic and stainless steel) are relatively inert and can lead to infection control issues.
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.