Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces: A Designer’s New Weapon in the Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

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Tuesday November 13, 2012 1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT

With recent changes to healthcare cost reimbursement policies, healthcare facilities have heightened the importance of practices that increase patient safety such as using touch surfaces that limit or continuously kill disease-causing bacteria. At any given time in a healthcare facility, it has been reported that 1 in 20 hospital patients contracts a Hospital-Acquired Infection.

With the rising demand to meet these new standards, Designers and Architects are specifying materials that can assist in the process of fighting infection.  Antimicrobial Copper surfaces are the only such class of materials registered with the Environmental Protection Agency to continuously kill more than 99.9% of certain disease-causing bacteria within two hours, including MRSA and VRE. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper such as railings, door hardware, and fixtures are now available.

Join HEALTHCARE DESIGN and Copper Development Association's Project Manager for Building Construction, Larry Peters, as they discuss patient safety moving forward in facilities and some of the latest research regarding copper surfaces in healthcare facilities, including a recent clinical trial which proved that using Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces can benefit hospitals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the latest research on the benefits of using antimicrobial copper surfaces.
  • Learn about the role of bacterial surface contamination on patient safety.
  • Learn about the available components made with antimicrobial copper.

CEU Information:

*The program is AIA accredited; attendees of this event qualify to receive 1.0 Learning Unit and 1 HSW Contact Hour.

About the Speaker(s):

Larry E. Peters
Project Manager, Building Construction
Copper Development Association

Larry Peters is Project Manager for the Copper Development Association, Inc. (CDA).  His responsibilities include providing technical assistance to architects, interior designers, contractors, engineers and others interested in uses of copper and copper alloy material for building construction uses. 

A 1987 graduate of West Point, Larry has spent the past 17 years working exclusively with architectural metal applications.  Larry promotes and educates national audiences about the benefits and proper uses of copper.