Using Copper to Kill Bacteria on Furniture

Some of the biggest modes of transmitting healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are patient-touch surfaces. These are any areas of a room that a patient is likely to come into contact with. Counters, doorknobs, bed railings, window sills, and even food trays are all examples of patient-touch surfaces. While proper and regular cleaning does work well, the unfortunate truth is that many HAIs are resilient and durable pathogens that can sometimes survive even the most rigorous cleaning. This is why a two-pronged approach is called for. In addition to regular sanitization and sterilization, efforts should be made to make patient-touch surfaces as hostile to potential pathogens as possible.

The Killing Power of Copper

Copper surfaces are highly dangerous to many pathogens. Staph, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and E. coli bacteria all die 99.9% of the time from mere contact with copper. While small amounts of copper are important for a bacteria’s health, copper surfaces will instead overload the cell. This either results in a fatal copper toxicity or the disruption of the micro-currents that holds the cell’s membrane together—resulting in rupture and desiccation. Combing copper coating surfaces with regular cleaning protocols can create a situation where pathogens cannot survive. Either they get scrubbed away, or they wither and die in place.

Despite the benefits, copper coated furniture is not cost-effective or feasible in most healthcare situations. That’s where Aereus Technologies comes in. We recognize the difficulty in “copperizing” a patient environment, so we used the latest in biotechnology to create the best alternative in the form of Aereus Shield™.

The Protection of Aereus Shield

Aereus Shield is a copper-alloy coating that is permanently bonded to products during the manufacturing process onto patient-touch surfaces to create a protective layer of copper. This layer has been proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria within an hour of initial exposure. The protective power is strong enough to persist through repeated contaminations and cleaning cycles, meaning that reapplication isn’t necessary after every scrub-down.

Aereus Shield is a permanent copper alloy coating that appears like stainless steel when applied. It is ideal for any high-traffic patient-touch surfaces and Class I and Class II medical devices for the continuous delivery of antimicrobial protection even after recurrent contamination. Aereus Shield is one of the best tools in the fight against HAIs because it lasts for the life of the product it is applied to. As long as the surface is not waxed, painted, lacquered, varnished, or otherwise coated it will continue to guard against pathogens. Aereus Shield is not a replacement for standard infection control practices.