Ingersoll Rand adds CuVerro bactericidal copper to door handles


Reduces bacteria that cause HAIs within two hours of exposure

Ingersoll Rand has launched a range of door hardware products made with CuVerro bactericidal copper alloys that have been proven to reduce bacteria that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Copper can kill 99.9% of bacteria such as MRSA, Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7 within two hours of exposure.

Ingersoll Rand, a global industrial firm, announced its ActivClean portfolio at the 2013 American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, US.

The ActivClean door hardware includes locks, push-pull latches, exit devices, pull handles and push plates for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The use of antimicrobial surfaces in these environments has proved to be beneficial in the ongoing fight against HAIs.

\'Clinical trials have now proven that copper surfaces can reduce HAIs in the intensive care unit (ICU) by as much as 58%,\' said Harold Michels, Senior Vice President of the Copper Development Association (CDA). \'This new line of hardware is a great step in the right direction when it comes to patient safety.\'

The ActivClean portfolio opens a promising new market for Ingersoll Rand, whose product offerings include locks, exit devices, door closures and other hardware from brands such as Schlage, aptiQ, Von Duprin and Steelcraft.

\'With CuVerro touch surfaces, ActivClean hardware products can proactively protect patients and staff from infectious bacteria,\' said a spokesperson for Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. \'CuVerro antimicrobial copper alloys have been proven to continuously kill more than 99.9% of bacteria within just two hours of contact.\'

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CuVerro is a division of Olin Brass, a supplier of EPA-registered antimicrobial copper surfaces for product manufacturers serving healthcare, education, hospitality, and other industries.