Count global industrial giant Ingersoll Rand among the rapidly growing list of industrial companies marketing products featuring the powerful anti-bacterial properties of CuVerro® antimicrobial copper surfaces.
The company unveiled its new ActivClean™ portfolio of door hardware made with CuVerro bactericidal copper alloys at the 2013 ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineering) Conference and Exhibition, which took place July 21-24 in Atlanta.
The ActivClean portfolio, which includes locks, push-pull latches, exit devices, pull handles and push plates, is expressly designed for use in hospitals, medical offices and other healthcare facilities. The use of antimicrobial surfaces in these settings has proven a welcome and much-needed tool in the fight against the growing problem of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
“With CuVerro touch surfaces, ActivClean hardware products proactively protect patients and staff from infectious bacteria*,” a spokesperson for Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies said. “CuVerro antimicrobial copper alloys have been shown to continuously kill bacteria* on contact – more than 99.9 percent of bacteria within two hours.”
The arrival of ActivClean opens a promising new market for Ingersoll Rand, whose widely diversified product offerings include locks, credentials, exit devices, door closers and other hardware from such well-known brands as Schlage, aptiQ, Von Duprin, and Steelcraft.
And working with Ingersoll Rand is an equally important step for CuVerro, according to the company’s Business Development Director Peter Gude. “We’re very excited for the opportunity to partner with a company of their stature and capabilities,” Gude said. “We hope this is just the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship between Ingersoll Rand and CuVerro as both companies move forward in the healthcare field.”
CuVerro is an Olin Brass company wholly owned by GBC Metals, Inc. and the world leader in providing antimicrobial copper surfaces for product manufacturers serving the healthcare, education, hospitality, and select other industries. For more information, please visit http://www.cuverro.com or call 1-877-311-2883.
- 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, Staphylococcus aureus, Entrerobacter aerogenes,Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7.
The use of CuVerro® antimicrobial 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 necessarily prevent cross contamination. It should not be interpreted that CuVerro is making claims to solely prevent bacterial infections nor should it be implied that CuVerro products make such claims.