Recent virus outbreaks such as SARS, Ebola and Coronavirus are changing the public perception of touch surfaces, not only in health care environments but in every area used frequently by the public.
The harsh facts are that bacteria and viruses can live for hours and even days on most modern surfaces such as stainless steel and plastic. This means that these organisms are quickly transferred between persons using such items as handrails, door pulls and handles, door touch plates, train rails and a whole host of other items.
Copper and its alloys are amazing metals – valued for over 7,500 years for its workability, its looks and its durability, yet today we have yet another reason to appreciate it: copper is intrinsically antimicrobial. That means it kills bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungi within just a few minutes of them coming into contact with it.
To make our VETOBAC Touch Surfaces range, we use the best copper alloys for great-looking products at cost-effective prices, to deliver best value. There are over 450 copper alloys whose antimicrobial efficacy has been independently approved by the US EPA.
These alloys vary in appearance too: some even look like stainless steel, yet work 24/7, between touches and cleaning sessions, rapidly killing the pathogens that cause infection.
The VETOBAC products have inherent antimicrobial properties and effectively kill and eliminate a wide range of bacteria including MRSA, Norovirus and E. Coli. With more recent trials showing that the COVID 19 virus is killed in under 4 hours.
Clinical trials have already shown that touch surfaces made from the VETOBAC material 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.