There are many technologies and materials on the market, but none are as effective under typical indoor conditions as copper, and its hygienic properties are far from new to us.Copper’s antimicrobial properties have been documented in scientific literature for more than a century, but it was not until 2000 that its efficacy against the pathogens responsible for HCAIs began to be assessed.
Evidence shows that upgrading the most frequently-touched surfaces in a healthcare environment to antimicrobial copper can reduce the spread of costly infections and improve patient care. This article explores the growing body of research — from laboratory tests and clinical trials — and considers the practicalities and economics of upgrading key surfaces to copper.
Authors: Angela Vessey. ICU Management & Practice Vol. 16 I.1