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Antimicrobial Copper: An Engineering Approach to Reducing Cross-contamination

Copper, as well as being man’s oldest engineering metal, is now recognised as a proven, broad-spectrum antimicrobial material. Well over 60 published papers support its efficacy against pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), both in the laboratory and the busy clinical environment. Angela Vessey of Copper Alliance delves into the latest research – including ongoing study of the mechanism by which copper exerts its antimicrobial effect and the implications for its use as an infection control measure – and investigates how and where it is being used in the healthcare field and beyond.
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