In Europe alone approximately 4 million people acquire hospital related infections every year and of this, 37,000 people die. Copper is a metal that has inherent antimicrobial properties and effectively kills and eliminates a wide range of bacteria including MRSA, Norovirus and E. Coli. Clinical trials have already shown that touch surfaces made from copper alloys can reduce contamination by more than 80% and the risk of infection by 58%. Handrails and grab rails are in regular use in both patient specific and public areas and, if manufactured from Vetobac antimicrobial copper, will reduce microbial contamination, hence the risk of infection. Read more…

Antimicrobial Copper is the only solid metal touch surface to have efficacy data independently verified through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration, which supports the claim to continuously kill more than 99.9% of the bacteria that cause health care related infections within two hours of contact. Hand washing, cleaning, and disinfecting surfaces in many environments are critical to mitigating transmission of microbes. In spite of this, however the tide of hospital associated infections continues and each year, two million patients develop infections during their hospital stay. 100,000 individuals die, costing the healthcare system billions of dollars. Brass Age Ltd offer a complete service which includes initial identification of the key touch surfaces and design, supply and installation of the whole package in a single operation. This includes the supply of grab rails, bed rails, overbed table handles and surfaces as well as electrical switch cover plates and water taps or outlets. This upgrade of key touch surfaces in a health care facility can yield payback of less than on year as proven by the cost model produced by the York Health Economics Consortium An on line CPD on the efficacy of copper alloy products and the importance of touch surfaces in health care environments can be found on the CDA website here…