Louis Pasteur developed the germ theory of disease in the nineteenth century. It states that infections are caused by microbes invading the human body. However, long before that, the beneficial antimicrobial attributes of copper, brass and bronze were recognised. The Hippocrates Collection, 460 to 380 B.C., to which the father of medicine contributed, recommends the use of copper for leg ulcers related to varicose veins. Pliny the Elder, A.D. 23 to 79, used copper oxide with honey to treat intestinal worms. The Aztecs gargled with a mixture containing copper to treat sore throats.

More recently, a 1983 study (P. Kuhn) measured bacteria levels on brass and stainless steel doorknobs in a hospital. Results confirmed that the brass doorknob exhibited almost no microbial growth while the stainless steel doorknob was heavily contaminated. Two decades later, these observations spurred in-depth and scientifically controlled studies using test protocols specified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quantify the antimicrobial property of copper and copper alloys.

Helping with infection control

Within the medical and healthcare industries infections cost society thousands of lives and billions of pounds each year. Antimicrobial Copper has been developed to help reduce these figures. The surface material is scientifically proven to kill greater than 99.9% of bacteria within two hours and is the only solid antimicrobial surface approved by the EPA.

Continuously kills microbes & never wears out
A new weapon in the fight against the microbes that cause these deadly infections
TECHNIK Medical manufacture a surgical scrub sink in this revolutionary material

TECHNIK Medical also manufacture other touch surfaces in this unique material; such as:

Door Pushes
Door handles
Instrument Trays
Hand and Support Rails
Tables and Surface Cladding
Other commonly touched surfaces