Antimicrobial Copper is the only touch surface material registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continuously kill more than 99.9% of the bacteria* that cause Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) within two hours of contact. The Antimicrobial Copper initiative adopted by the Copper Alliance focuses on raising awareness of Antimicrobial Copper’s ability to combat infectious bacteria in healthcare facilities, mass transit, educational institutions and beyond. Our Cu+® brand program provides members with the necessary tools to market the Cu+® brand to their supply-chain customers.

In the U.S. alone, 2,000,000 people acquire infections in hospitals each year resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths. HAIs place a significant socioeconomic burden on people from all regions of the world. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate the direct cost of HAIs in the U.S. at between $35 and $45 billion annually. By using Antimicrobial Copper®, we can take a positive step toward creating a safer and healthier environment.

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* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper® kills greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Vancomycin-ResistantEnterococcus faecalis (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; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices. Michels et al, Lett Appl Microbiol, 49 (2009) 191-195 demonstrated that Antimicrobial Copper® outperforms two commercially available silver-containing coatings under typical indoor conditions.