ANTIMICROBIAL COPPER CU+

Hospital infections place a significant socio-economic burden on people from all regions of the world. Approximately four million people in the EU are affected by hospital infections, from which about 37,000 people die. Antimicrobial copper kills the microbes that cause these infections. These infections are caused by microbes that thrive on objects we touch every day.

The logo of its global trademark consists of the designation “antimicrobial copper” and the sign “CU+”. This mark identifies alloys of antimicrobial copper and its derivatives. This global trademark will help in confidently selecting antimicrobial copper alloys and designates the most effective material that does not wear out, has lasting action and is safe to use.

Antibiotic-resistant organisms have spread from the healthcare environment to schools, homes and mass transit. Despite aggressive hand washing campaigns and routine cleaning, infection rates remain unacceptably high and more measures should be taken to reduce infections and improve patient safety.

Antimicrobial copper has a number of applications such as is door handles, handrails, indoor surface coatings, batteries and bathroom accessories, catering establishments and public transport.

Copper, as well as alloys with a copper content over 60%, show one of the basic properties of copper, which is antimicrobial. Greek and foreign scientists have documented this property of surfaces made of copper and its alloys, studying their effectiveness in neutralising bacteria hazardous to health, when these come into contact with such surfaces.