New Larco CopperShield Push Plate Fights Bacteria that Cause HAIs


ATEK Access Technologies, LLC announces the Larco CopperShield push-plate, an automatic door activation switch made from CuVerro® bactericidal copper.

Unlike silver coatings or any other touch-surface metal, CuVerro is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill more than 99.9 percent of bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), within two hours, when cleaned regularly. 

“The CopperShield push plate is an integral part of our improved infection control plan,” says Ed Harrich, director of surgical services at Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman, Wash.  “Its ability to continuously combat bacteria falls right in line with the culture of ‘patient safety first.’  We take great pride in our infection rates being below one percent, and the Larco CopperShield wall switch will help us further supplement our current infection control program because of its inherent ability to kill bacteria that cause these infections.”

CopperShield push plates made with CuVerro help inhibit build-up and growth of bacteria between routine cleaning and sanitizing, and continuously kill bacteria.  They are offered in 4.5 inch and 6-inch square sizes, and feature a handicap logo and “press to open” engraving on 18-gauge brushed copper alloy.  The push plates can be mounted directly into electrical or universal mounting boxes, and can be hardwired or connected wirelessly to the door.   
“HAIs can be devastating to a hospital’s revenue and reputation, and even deadly to patients,” says Scott Gardeen, senior product manager for Larco products. “CopperShield push plates provide the kind of protection from infectious bacteria* patients and employees in the healthcare industry deserve.”

In addition to healthcare facilities, CopperShield push plates are ideal for use in clean rooms, pharmacies, restrooms, restaurants, and anywhere hygiene and convenience are required.

Source: ATEK Access Technologies, LLC

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