Study: Copper kills bacteria better than plastics


Antimicrobial plastics are facing competition in hospital applications from an old competitor-copper.

In research reported in part by the copper industry, researchers say that copper surfaces are an effective way to cut risk of infections in operating rooms and other medical environments because of their inherent antimicrobial activity.

"The use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care unit rooms resulted in a 97 percent reduction of bacteria that cause hospital acquired infections and reduces the risk of acquiring an infection by 40 percent," according to a multi-site study.
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