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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