Can Copper Door Handles Reduce the Spread of Infections?

According to research conducted in the United State by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, as reported by the BBC, Door Handles LTD has learned that by changing from stainless steel to copper fittings could reduce the spread of infections by 40%.

Cooper door handles could reduce spread of infections

Copper is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties within it. Even work surfaces that are at least 60 per cent copper can prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA, influenza, E. coli and salmonella.

Extensive laboratory tests have demonstrated copper’s antimicrobial effectiveness against key organisms responsible for these infections, and clinical trials around the world are now reporting on its effect in busy, real-world environments.

Some institutions in England have already switched to copper, such as Trafford General Hospital, which has been MRSA-free for the last two years.

Will your hospital or medical office be changing the door knobs to copper fitted ones?  

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5 Responses to Can Copper Door Handles Reduce the Spread of Infections?

  1. Mh… I suppose in real-life scenarios it will come down to the costs involved. It certainly won’t be happening at state hospitals as the wards do not really have doors, and those that do, do not have knobs (they are simply pushed).
    But if, one day, I am fortunate to consider opening my own practice, I will certainly consider the copper door-knob effect.
    I’m interested in hearing if a varnish or finishing coat affects the antimicrobial properties though.

  2. Habib says:

    Thanks for this post. It will take a long but it is necessary to change the iron handle to copper handle.

  3. wartica says:

    Anything to reduce the spread of disease, is good in my book. I sure hope that most medical facilities will take heed to this finding and do something about their doors. Great find and post…have a happy new year:))

  4. Jordan says:

    This certainly makes sense. I presume copper has the same antimicrobial properties as silver would; like the concept of eating with a “silver” spoon or using colloidal silver internally. Thanks for posting!

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