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Open Access Highly Accessed Research article

Potent bactericidal efficacy of copper oxide impregnated non-porous solid surfaces

Alastair B Monk1*, Vikram Kanmukhla1, Ken Trinder2 and Gadi Borkow1

Author Affiliations

1 Cupron Inc, 800 East Leigh Street, Suite 123, Richmond, VA 23219, USA

2 EOS Surfaces, Norfolk, VA, USA

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BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:57  doi:10.1186/1471-2180-14-57

Published: 7 March 2014

Abstract

Background

The role of fomites and the environment in nosocomial infections is becoming widely recognized. In this paper we discuss the use of Cupron copper oxide impregnated non-porous solid surface in the hospital setting and present in vitro testing data via USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved testing protocols that demonstrate the efficacy of these products to assist in reduction in environmental contamination and potentially nosocomial infections.

Results

The two countertops tested passed all the acceptance criteria by the EPA (>99.9% kill within 2 hours of exposure) killing a range of bacterial pathogens on the surface of the countertops even after repeated exposure of the countertops to the pathogen, and multiple wet and dry abrasion cycles.

Conclusions

Cupron enhanced EOS countertops thus may be an important adjunct to be used in hospital settings to reduce environmental bioburden and potentially nosocomial infections.

Keywords:
Copper oxide; EPA registered; Antimicrobial surface; Environmental bioburden