Archive for the ‘antimicrobial’ Category

Canada now on board with antimicrobial copper!

July 10th, 2014 No comments

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), which similarly to the U.S.  E.P.A., regulates public health claims for antimicrobial products, has granted permission for the sale of Antimicrobial Copper products within their country.  After multiple evaluations and testing, PMRA has deemed that copper touch surfaces provide positive benefits to society, specifically in healthcare applications, through their continuous sanitizing action which supplement routine cleanings.  Read more…

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New Larco Coppershield Push Plate

May 5th, 2014 No comments

A news statement on the Antimicrobial Copper website describes a new EPA-approved copper alloy push plate for automatic door activation that kills 99.9 percent of *bacteria within two hours.

“[Hospital Infections] can be devastating to a hospital’s revenue and reputation, and even deadly to patients,” said Scott Gardeen, senior product manager for Larco products. “CopperShield push plates provide the kind of protection from infectious bacteria* patients and employees in the healthcare industry deserve.” Read more…

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Human Pathogens are Unlikely to Develop “Copper-Resistance”

February 13th, 2014 No comments

By Harold Michels, Antimicrobial Copper Expert & Advisor to the CDA

Many medical professionals are concerned about the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or “superbugs” such as MRSA, VRE, and more recently CRE.  These and other antibiotic-resistant organisms are a dangerous concern for hospitalized patients, who often suffer from suppressed immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death rate from contracting these infections can be as high as 50 percent. In previous blogs and in seminars throughout the U.S., I’ve shared information with healthcare professionals, facility managers, manufacturers, fabricators and consumers about the value of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces and how they can help us fight infection-causing bacteria.   However, some medical professionals have raised the issue of the potential emergence of copper resistant bacteria – an unintended consequence of the deployment of copper-touch surface products in hospitals or medical facilities.   Examples of copper resistant bacteria can be found in research literature but these examples do not apply to bacteria exposed to solid copper alloy touch surfaces.

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Interest Surges in Antimicrobial Copper at the Healthcare Design Conference

December 16th, 2013 No comments

By H. Wayne Seale, CDA Project Manager and Architectural Applications Specialist

The Copper Development Association recently exhibited at the 2013 Healthcare Design Conference, the nation’s leading event for professionals involved in the design and construction of health care facilities. More than 3,700 industry leaders from 30 countries attended the November conference in Orlando. The Center for Health Design hosted the conference in association with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Facility Management Association. Read more…

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Copper Development Association to Tout the Benefits of Antimicrobial Copper at International Medical Marketplace Conference

November 7th, 2013 No comments

By Harold Michels, CDA Senior Vice President, Technology and Technical Services

Harold Michels, Ph.D., Copper Development Association (CDA)Senior Vice President, Technology and Technical Services, will present a paper on the commercialization of antimicrobial copper at MEDICA 2013, the world’s largest medical marketplace, Nov. 20-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Last year the trade show attracted 134,482 participants from 120 countries across all continents and more than 4,500 exhibitors. Read more…

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CDA Presents a Symposium on Antimicrobial Copper and its Role in Killing Bacteria in Clinical Settings

October 18th, 2013 No comments

By Wilton Moran, Copper Development Association (CDA) Project Engineer

The Copper Development Association (CDA) recently hosted a symposium on the efficacy of antimicrobial copper in health care settings in a session preceding IDWeek 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. IDWeek was geared toward health care professionals in infectious diseases and health care epidemiology and prevention, including researchers, clinicians, quality and patient safety practitioners, epidemiologists, and public health officials. Read more…

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