In public spaces, surfaces like door handles are touched up to a thousand times per day. Consequently, leads to many opportunities for the transfer of infectious microbes. In hospitals, there are over 103,000 Hospital Acquired Infections reported every year! Home and school acquired infections add to that list that reaches over 2 million cases per year. As a result, the estimated cost of treatment from these cases range between $35 and $45 billion dollars annually and is rising. Above all, microbes can exist on surfaces for hours, days, and weeks. A study done by the The New England Journal of Medicine, discovered that the SARS-CoV-2 was detected up to 72 hours on plastic and Stainless steel. How are your Security Protocols Expanding to Microbial Threats?
Security Protocols require a healthy environment
Our definition of security and safety is constantly expanding with the exposure of new threats. The current pandemic has brought our awareness to a prominent challenge in our prevention of spreading microbial infections. Bacteria evolve with us, which results in a higher risk of getting infected. Therefore, it is required for facilities or work places to have a security protocol that includes an infection control and prevention measure.
Infection Control and Prevention measures
Firstly, a practice to maintain a healthy environment will be to integrate a cleaning protocol that includes wiping down high level touching surfaces with cleaning solutions. The high level touching surfaces include entrance/exits handles; push/pull handles for restrooms or indoor rooms; and grab bars. These surfaces need to be cleaned periodically through out the day or after each use.
The cleaning protocols is an essential step to prevent the spread of any infections, but this solution does not have to be your only line of defense. In addition to your cleaning protocols, installing an antimicrobial hardware to your touch point surfaces will add a layer of protection to your employees or visitors by actively killing bacteria*.
Trimco’s Healthy Hardware has an Antimicrobial Property
Trimco’s Healthy Hardware touch surface products are manufactured with CuVerro’s specially formulated copper alloy that is the only class of surface solid material that is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to actively kill bacteria. In between cleanings, the copper alloy has been proven to kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria* like E coli, MRSA and Staph. The antimicrobial properties of copper alloy is not a new discovery, yet science has finally discovered how copper is able to kill bacteria.
How Does Copper Neutralize the Bacteria
A Peace of Mind in your Environment
When cleaned regularly, the copper hardware will inhibit the growth of bacteria within 2 hours and will continue to neutralize oncoming bacteria for 24 hours. As a result, the copper’s bactericidal property is beneficial for schools, businesses, and public locations that have a high level of people in contact. The copper touch surfaces will be able to reduce the amount of infections spread. To clarify, The New England Journal of Medicine has recorded on copper, no viable SARS-CoV-2 was measured after 4 hours.
In hospitals, schools, and public facilities, the commonly used metal for touch surface products is stainless steel. Certainly, the stainless steel hardware is a light and durable product, yet it has no inherent bactericidal properties. For instance, the stainless steal hardware gets covered with microbes that will continue to grow until cleaned.
Copper hardware matches the visual appearance of stainless steel to match any of your touch surface hardware and includes many options for finishes to match your aesthetic. In addition, the CuVerro copper alloy is made from 100% pre and post recycled materials.
Industries that will Benefit from Healthy Hardware
- Healthcare: Patient rooms, ICUs, nurse’s stations, restrooms, common areas
- Fitness and Sports: Locker rooms, common areas, gym entrances
- Education: Doors, hallways, restrooms, grab bars, common area
- Retail/businesses: Entrance/exit doorways, private and public restrooms, hallways, countertops
- Restaurants: Push/pull plates, restrooms, entrance/exit door
Building Safety and Trust
The future of security requires solutions that will prevent infections from spreading. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that there was a lack of infection control and prevention measures. However, we have innovative technology to aid us in our development to ensure a healthy work environment. Visit our Antimicrobial Door Hardware product page.
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*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacteraerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).
The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products 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 disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not prevent cross contamination. CuVerro® is a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC and is used with permission (TR-0002-1509). See www.CuVerro.com for more details.