May 10

Copper Surfaces Kill Superbug MRSA

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 NiTEC, 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.

If you would like more information about our service of copper plating medical clipboards and other equipment used in hospitals and laboratories, call us today on 0845 224 3571 or email us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk

May 08

Copper Plated Medical Clipboards

In our ongoing effort to develop our metal plating services and keep up to date with advances in the industry, we have recently expanded our copper plating services. As specialists in the process of copper plating, NiTEC have launched a new service copper plating clipboards for use in hospitals.

Copper plating has a natural ability to kill bacteria on contact, and therefore is frequently used to plate laboratory and medical equipment. “Copper plating is already used to plate door handles, push plates, and other equipment used in hospitals,” says NiTEC’s Commercial Director Marcus Hill. “I believe that by copper plating clinician’s clip boards, we can further contribute to providing an effective defense against the spread of infections in hospitals.”

Hospital-acquired infections are not only very common, but also very costly to the NHS. And recent research by carried out by the University of Southampton has shown that metallic copper surfaces kill microbes in minutes by causing significant membrane damage to the bacteria.

Copper has been proven to prevent the horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, which is to blame for antibiotic resistance, in turn increasing the number of health care associated infections. Horizontal gene transfer commonly takes place in hospitals on surface that are frequently touched. Copper plating contributes to the prevention of infection spread and gene transfer.

Copper plated clip boards are a logical step forward in the quest to reduce the spread of bacteria and provide extra protection alongside the standard hygiene practices in the hospital environment,” said Marcus.

To find out more about the copper plating service offered by NiTEC, please visit the Products and Services page on our website, call 0845 224 3571 or email info@nitec-enp.co.uk