* Data on the left obtained from “The Copper Advantage - A Guide to Working With Copper and Copper Alloys” www.antimicrobialcopper.com
In 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered 275 copper alloys as antimicrobial materials, meaning that when uncoated, these alloys kill more than 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria*, including MRSA.
Consider Antimicrobial Copper from Copalcor for use in hospitals, public, commercial and residential buildings for approved non-food contact surfaces.
Comments by Dr Anton Scheepers, Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgeon, Alberton, Johannesburg
“Learning that sepsis is the main cause of dental implant failure and a fair number of complications encountered, especially in a surgical/ implant orientated dental practice, convinced me that the installation of copper touch surfaces would be beneficial to add to the already high level of aseptic and sterility protocol in my practice.
“We recently had strategically installed copper work surfaces and instrument trays, and are thrilled with these antimicrobial surfaces, which are also very aesthetically pleasing – an added bonus. I have recommended the benefits of antimicrobial copper to my brother-in-law, who is a veterinarian in Tshwane, as well as to inquisitive fellow colleagues at the hospital.”
Excerpts from article by CDAA
Recognising that poor health has an extensive impact on employment and education, the Palabora Foundation, the social arm of the Palabora Mining Company, decided to implement a far-reaching community health programme with the construction of a new clinic, through a partnership between them and the Limpopo Department of Health and Social Development (LDoH & Soc. Dev.) at the Mashishimale village in the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality.
CDAA members Copalcor, Cobra, and Copper Tubing Africa manufactured and supplied the products that are continuously fighting and preventing the spread of infection. The installation included touch surface items such as IV stands, wash basins, light switches, waiting room and toilet seats, laundry shelves, door handles and push plates.
It is an accepted fact that hand washing campaigns aimed at healthcare workers are not enough, but the addition of antimicrobial copper helps to reduce infections by up to 80%. No other material, such as stainless steel, melamine or glass, even comes close to being this effective.