• Copper is an intrinsic bactericidal element and the only solid touch surface metal registered by the EPA to continuously kill bacteria1 that cause infections and pose a risk to human health.
• In the CuVerro® alloys registered with the EPA, copper is the active bacteria1 killing ingredient. Lab tests show more than 99.9% of bacteria1 associated with disease and infection, including MRSA1, are killed within two hours when in contact with copper. Bacteria will continue to be killed 24 hours a day, week after week, between regular cleanings.
• Research has shown copper alloys to be effective in a wide range of environments:
• Other than copper alloys, no other solid touch surface metals have been registered by the EPA for their bactericidal properties. Copper is the only metal that is EPA-registered as a bactericidal solid surface material.
• Unlike coatings, the bactericidal effectiveness of CuVerro® will not wear off over time. The bactericidal properties of CuVerro® surfaces will not degrade from scuffs, scratches, regular cleaning or recommended use.
• Studies monitoring bacteria1 load on ICU surfaces in regularly cleaned rooms have shown that bed rails have the highest levels of bacteria1 of all the surfaces sampled and pose the greatest risk to patients 2,3. Laboratory tests have shown that rails made with CuVerro® kill more than 99.9% of bacteria1 within two hours and continue to kill 99.9% of bacteria even after repeated contaminations.
• Pedigo rails are designed to be easily and thoroughly cleaned. CuVerro® bactericidal surfaces continue to kill bacteria1 between normal cleanings offering additional protection.
The use of copper alloy surfaces is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfections of environmental surfaces.
1 CuVerro® alloys have proven effectiveness on MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli 0157:H7 and VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus). CuVerro is a registered trademark of GBC Metals LLC, d/b/a Olin Brass.
2 Microbial Burden of Objects in ICU Rooms C D Salgado, K A Sepkowitz, T Plaskett, J F John, J R Cantey, H H Attaway, L L Steed, H T Michels, M G Schmidt. October 2008.