Anti-biotic resistant superbugs such as MRSA are an enormous public health problem as they spread so easily around hospitals. In fact, an estimated 7 million people worldwide catch healthcare-associated infections each year. But there is a way to combat this, and it’s not the solution you’d be inclined to jump to. Forget anti-biotics or cleaning products, copper plated surfaces actually have the natural ability to kill bacteria on contact.
Here at Electroless Nickel Plating Specialist, we make habit of keeping a close eye on the research and experimentation surrounding the use of copper surfaces in the medical industry.
Copper is often used to plate laboratory and medical equipment in hospitals, which is why we launched our new service copper plating medical clipboards for use in hospitals.
With the evidence for copper killing bacteria on contact mounting, we are confident that our service of copper plating medical clipboards is the logical solution to preventing the spread of infection and superbugs such a MRSA in hospitals.
Bill Keevil, of the University of Southhampton recently carried out an experiment which would test the theory that copper could be a very effective way of combating anti-biotic resistant superbugs. The live experiment took place on World Health Day and involved Keevil sterilising copper and stainless steel plates, and then coating them with 10 million MRSA cells. The plates were placed under a microscope and the results recorded.
The MRSA on the stainless steel surface thrived, but amazingly, the MRSA on the copper surface began to die off. Bill Keevil understandably believes that copper and copper alloys should be used on contact surfaces around hospitals such as door handles for example.