|WHC EMS Evaluates Innovative Bactericidal/Antimicrobial Copper Alloy Coating on a Stryker Power-PRO XT Stretcher|
|By EMS Deputy Chief Lukas Jenkins|
|April 12, 2020|
WHC EMS is evaluating CuVerro Shield™ by Aereus Technologies, which is an EPA registered bactericidal/antimicrobial copper alloy, on one of our Stryker Power-PRO XT stretchers. Both the upper and lower lifting bars as well as the pull handle of the stretcher were coated with CuVerro Shield™. The antibacterial properties work 24/7 in-between cleaning, never washing out or wearing away. All standard disinfectant wipes are compatible with the copper alloy. CuVerro is tarnish-resistant and will not oxidize and turn green like pure copper.
CuVerro Shield™is made from up to 100% recycled copper material and is 100% recyclable. In fact, nearly all of the copper mined to date is still in circulation because the recycling rate of copper is higher than that of any other engineering metal.
A recent study by published in The New England Journal of Medicine by the National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists found SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19 [the disease]) remains “active” on plastic for 2-3 days but has a half-life of only 46 minutes on copper alloy surfaces (van Doremalen, Neeltje et al., 2020).
The EPA has evaluated the acute toxicity of copper and found there to be "no risk to public health." Since early human existence, copper has been an essential material in many applications.
CuVerro Shield™ Public Health Claims
Based on EPA Registration, products coated with CuVerro can be marketed with the following public health claims:
Laboratory testing has shown that when cleaned regularly, this surface:
- Continuously reduces bacterial contamination, achieving 99.9% reduction within two hours of exposure, when cleaned regularly.
CuVerro is proven effective against the following bacteria:
- E. coli O157:H7, a food-borne pathogen that has been associated with large-scale food recalls
|Hyperlinks:||van Doremalen, Neeltje et al. “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1.” The New England journal of medicine, NEJMc2004973. 17 Mar. 2020, doi:10.1056/NEJMc2004973
CuVerro EPA Registration & Tests