How copper helps to combat germs

Thanks to antimicrobial copper, dangerous germs don’t have a chance
Dangerous germs in spite of high standards of hygiene

Hospital germs are an increasing danger that should not be underestimated. The viruses are highly aggressive and are resistant to antibiotics. And in spite of the extensive hygiene practices in every clinic, the dangerous viruses still persist. Particularly patients with a weakened immune system are especially at risk. Persons most at risk are the very young and the elderly.

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Strains of bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA for short, are resistant to most antibiotics.
10,000 – 15,000

deaths owing to hospital-acquired infections a year.

Experts estimate that the actual figure is likely to be


as high.

The ideal scenario with antibiotics as a treatment
The antibiotic fights the pathogens. These no longer spread and gradually die.
The problem with antibiotic-resistant pathogens
Antibiotic is used.
Whilst some pathogens are killed, the resistant ones live on.
The surviving pathogens continue to multiply.
What do we need to know about hygiene?
Hygiene Hygiene

is safer than shaking hands

Lots of germs are transmitted by hand. This is why it is advisable to avoid shaking hands when a person is ill.
Regular and thorough washing of the hands is an important measure for reducing the spread of germs and preventing infections.

Objects such as door handles, for example, that are touched by lots of people every day pose a particular risk. This is because lots of germs gather here that can live for a long time.

Professor Bill Keevil
“Germs like MRSA can live on everyday surfaces such as door handles, fittings and handrails for several days, if not months, from where they can be transmitted through indirect hand contact to other surfaces or patients.”
Professor Bill Keevil,
Head of the Environmental Health Care Unit at the University of Southampton
The solution: Antimicrobial copper

Rather than waiting for an infection to occur and instead of just trusting to standard hygiene practices such as disinfection, you rely increasingly on materials that reduce dangerous pathogens.

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“Studies by the Medical University of South Carolina, for example, have now successfully shown that it is not just the bacterial counts, but also the infection rates that can be significantly reduced by using solid antimicrobial copper alloys, thus allowing the risk of healthcare-associated infections on intensive care units to be reduced by up to 58 %.”
Dr. Anton Klassert,
Managing Director, Deutsches Kupferinstitut (German Copper Institute)
A short overview of how antimicrobial copper works by the Deutsches Kupferinstitut (German Copper Institute).
Real-time demonstration of the effectiveness of antimicrobial copper compared to conventional materials.

Wieland-Werke AG has been registered for the co-branding Cu+ of the International Copper Association (ICA) since autumn 2011. It stands for the proven efficacy of antimicrobial copper materials.

Scientifically proven efficacy

A large number of different studies have now been undertaken that confirm the antimicrobial efficacy of copper alloys. Copper eliminates pathogens within a matter of a few minutes, such as the E.coli bacteria illustrated in the example graphic.

Antimicrobial copper alloys are available for numerous products

Whether door handles, handrails, bedsteads, light switches and any type of work or storage surface, it is possible to produce virtually any product from antimicrobial copper. Wieland not only supplies you with the material, but is also available to advise you at all times.

Enhanced safety with Wieland
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With antimicrobial copper, besides the known and proven hygienic practices, we now have a new ally, allowing us to combat even the most dangerous of pathogens successfully. In future, Wieland can and will be making an even greater contribution to this success.