The spread of infectious diseases can be dramatically reduced in a care home environment with the use of bacteria-killing copper, according to Antimicrobial Copper, a company that specialises in developing products using the metal.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that 80% of infectious diseases are transferred by touch and, while frequent washing of hands and surfaces is crucial in the battle against bacteria, so too is ensuring surfaces that are frequently touched are treated.
Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces kill the microbes that cause infections where they lie. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces are the most effective antimicrobial touch surface and are ideal for the healthcare environment where their inherent, continuous ability to kill bacteria will supplement infection control measures, the organisation says.
Antimicrobial Copper is not a commercial company, it is a brand that is backed by the International Copper Association, Ltd. (ICA) and its global network of Copper Centres, collectively known as the Copper Alliance.
The organisation allows the use of its brand on a growing range of products that use antimicrobial copper including door handles, light switches, sanitary fittings and work surfaces.