Ingersoll Rand has launched a new range of door hardware products made with CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloys that have been proven to reduce bacteria that cause healthcare-associated infections. The company made the announcement of its new ActivClean™ portfolio recently at the 2013 American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Conference and Exposition in Atlanta and now joins a rapidly-growing list of companies marketing products that feature the powerful antimicrobial properties of copper.
The new ActivClean™ range of door hardware includes locks, push-pull latches, exit devices, pull handles and push plates expressly designed for use in hospitals, medical offices and other healthcare facilities. The use of antimicrobial surfaces in these settings has proved to be a much-needed tool in the ongoing fight against healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
"Clinical trials have now proven that copper surfaces can reduce HAIs in the Intensive Care Unit by as much as 58 percent," says Dr. 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 arrival of ActivClean™ opens a promising new market for Ingersoll Rand, whose widely-diversified product offerings include locks, credentials, exit devices, door closers and other hardware from well-known brands like Schlage, aptiQ, Von Duprin and Steelcraft.
Working with Ingersoll Rand is an equally important step for CuVerro®, according to the company's business development director, Peter Gude. "We're very excited for the opportunity to partner with a company of their stature and capabilities," Gude says. 'We hope this is just the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship between Ingersoll Rand and CuVerro® as both companies move forward in the healthcare field."
CuVerro® is an Olin Brass company—an industry leader in providing EPA-registered Antimicrobial Copper surfaces for product manufacturers serving healthcare, education, hospitality, and other select industries. Olin Brass is wholly owned by GBC Metals, Inc.
Source: Copper Development Association