Copper is inherently antimicrobial, and shares this benefit with many copper alloys including brass and bronze. Collectivelytermed 'antimicrobial copper', this family of metals is used to make touchsurfaces that will not harbour pathogens that cause infections, actively killing them 24/7 and in-between regular cleans. Antimicrobial copper hasproven efficacy against a broad range of pathogens, including MRSA, Influenza Aand the highly-infectious 'sickness bug' norovirus, outbreaks of which frequently shut down hospital wards and care homes.
1,000 door handles and 1,000 metres of hand rail will be replaced with antimicrobial copper items in five nursing homes acrossChampagne-Ardenne in north-eastern France. Lasting up to threeyears and involving 600 residents (with 300 copper and 300 control rooms) thestudy will measure copper's ability to reduce infection rates in nursing homeresidents. It will be guided by a scientific committee composed ofphysicians and infection specialists, with funding from across the region aswell as the European Union.