Easy-to-digest, recently published short articles
Here are a range of articles from the trade and healthcare press
on Antimicrobial Copper news, properties and applications.
Pure Health Magazine, 27th March 2013
Copper is essential to human life, required by plants and
animals alike to live. It possesses high electrical and
thermal conductivity, and can be combined with other metals to
create alloys with a broad range of valuable properties.
Copper and these alloys, such as brass and bronze, are familiar to
all, but there is one property of copper - known to ancient
societies and neglected until quite recently - that may come as a
surprise: copper will rapidly and completely kill bacteria, viruses
and fungi on contact. It is this 'antimicrobial' activity
that is seeing copper and its alloys tasked with protecting human
health in our hospitals today. More recently, however, it has
been utilised by the beauty sector, specifically for the benefits
that can be obtained from its antiicrobial properties in the
Building Better Healthcare, 6pp, December 2012
A special report offering the history and development of
antimicrobial copper for infection prevention, including recent
developments such as a business case model and new research from
Professor Bill Keevil.
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International Pharmaceutical Industry, 4pp, December 2012
An article prepared for IPI covering the lab research and
clinical trials supporting the deployment of antimicrobial copper
touch surfaces to reduce contamination.
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The Clinical Services Journal, 4pp, October 2012
An article prepared for The Clinical Services Journal detailing
the latest laboratory and clinical studies demonstrating the
efficacy of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces as an additional
infection control measure in hospitals.
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Materials World, 2pp, April 2012
An article prepared by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and
Mining's Eoin Redahan for Materials World magazine, covering the
Antimicrobial Hard Surface Testing workshop at the British
The shortcomings of the existing standards for antimicrobial
efficacy of hard surfaces, and the need for a more appropriate
test, were unanimously agreed by the delegates and the panel.
The context of the meeting was all antimicrobial applications
but discussions focussed on healthcare and the food industry.
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Cleaning and Hygiene Today. 2pp, March 2012
An article by Angela Vessey in Cleaning and Hygiene Today,
offering the latest results from global clinical trials and details
of how the reduction of surface contamination relates to the risk
of patients acquiring an infection.
Public Service Review: Health and Social Care, Issue 30, 2pp, January 2012
An article written for Public Service Review magazine on the
latest science supporting antimicrobial copper's efficacy -
focusing on the US 3-centre trial preliminary results - and
installations beyond healthcare, including air conditioning systems
in Beijing buses.
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Cleanroom Technology, 3pp, October 2011
An article prepared by CDA covering the latest scientific
results from clinical trials around the world and installations of
antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in healthcare facilities.
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An article in European Hospital magazine featuring an interview with Professor Bill Keevil on the significance of the work he presented at the WHO ICPIC conference.
Further notes on clinical trials and antimicrobial copper
installations are also featured.
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Article written by Angela Vessey for Public Service Review, Health and Social Care, Issue 27 2011.
An article covering the latest antimicrobial copper science, and
its increasingly broad applications in healthcare
environments. Its potential for deployment beyond these
settings, in schools and public spaces, is also explored.
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Article by Angela Vessey, Director of Copper Development Association, in European Medical Device Technology, March 2011, Volume 2, No. 3
Touch surfaces in hospital settings routinely benefit from the
antimicrobial efficacy of copper. Now, a German medical device
manufacturer has elected to use the metal in a nebuliser
Sascha Tietz, Heyer's Product Manager, was impressed by the
evidence of copper's efficacy against problematic organisms
including Legionella pneumophila, Influenza
A, Aspergillus niger, Mycobacterium
tuberculosis and Candida albicans. Under his
leadership, the Heyer team decided to investigate the use of copper
for an evolution of their FoggyJet nebuliser system to enhance
hygiene and patient safety.
Foundry Trade Journal, 2pp, January/February 2011
Article in Foundry Trade Journal on the history and science
behind antimicrobial copper, novel casting techniques that achieve
near-net-shape whilst reducing material content, and healthcare
facilities already implementing antimicrobial copper items to help
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Copper Architecture Forum, Issue 29, 2pp, October 2010
Article by Angela Vessey, Copper Development Association, UK,
discussing the ways in which architects are harnessing copper's
antimicrobial properties to provide an additional infection
prevention measure in contemporary healthcare builds.
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Inside Hospitals, 1pp, October 2010
Article in Inside Hospitals journal reporting on the results of
a pilot study at an out-patient clinic in the US. As well as
reducing microbial contamination by 90%, antimicrobial copper
surfaces extend a 'halo effect' to nearby non-copper surfaces, also
reducing their contamination levels.
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Public Service Review: Health. 2pp, July 2010.
CDA article by Angela Vessey published in Public
Service Review: Health, covering the latest clinical trial data
from around the world and news of the first hospitals adopting
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HIP! Magazine. 2pp, November 2009.
An article written by Celia Matthews of HIP! Magazine after seeing a presentation regarding
antimicrobial copper at the 2009 Annual Bathroom Conference. It
discusses the use of uncoated copper alloy products for bathroom
and medical applications to help combat the threat of modern
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Cleaning and Hygiene Today. 1pp, November 2009.
CDA article by Angela Vessey in Cleaning and
Hygiene Today explaining why brass door handles are making a
comeback in hospitals as antimicrobial copper alloys are introduced
to help fight infection.
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Sustainable FM. 1pp, November/December 2009.
CDA article published in Sustainable FM covering the
return of copper alloys to hygienic environments and the
sustainable credentials that make the red metal so green.
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Public Sector Review. 2pp, July 2009.
CDA UK article by Angela Vessey published in Public Service Review, Health 20,
describing how an old school fixture is providing a new handle on
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Ecostructure magazine. 3pp, 2009.
Article by David L Hunt in Eco-structure magazine on the
advantage of copper's antimicrobial properties in HVAC systems.
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Cleanroom Technology. 4pp, June 2007.
CDA article by Angela Vessey in Cleanroom Technology magazine on
the potential use of copper and copper alloys for hygienic
healthcare touch surfaces.
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