EOSCU and copper alloys are the subject of a new series on the role of copper in the emerging antimicrobial marketplace. MetalMiner is "a digital multimedia resource for metal-buying organizations," providing educational materials, data analysis, forecasting, and market trends for those interested in metals as an investment. To this end, the coverage of the "Copper Wars" (the name they've given to the growing use of copper's biocidal properties in hospitals in the fight against hospital-acquired infections), provides insight into a potential growing market for copper.
In the first installment of their series, MetalMinder presented a background on HAIs as well as the government and policy interventions begun nationwide to bring the number of infections down.
The second part of the series highlighted innovations in technology using copper as a way of bringing those HAI numbers down. Alongside copper alloys, EOSCU was presented as an EPA-registered option for hospitals. The only engineered surface with biocidal properties evaluated by the EPA, EOSCU stands out as a warm, beautiful, and stable surface that kills >99% of harmful bacteria* in under two hours, even after recontamination.
An upcoming concluding post will discuss the ramifications of high infection rates on a hospital's bottom line.
* Testing demonstrates effective antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.