This follows a Tokyo day care centre leading the way in infection prevention through the use of antimicrobial copper. Mejiro Daycare Center for Children, located in Hachioji City in Tokyo, Japan, is meeting parents’ demand for a safer environment for their children by using copper alloy touch surfaces that have inherent antimicrobial activity. These surfaces continuously kill bacteria and viruses such as Influenza A, E. Coli and MRSA 24/7, between routine cleans, helping to provide a more hygienic environment.
This, along with similar applications in healthcare institutions around the world, follows a clinical trial of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, UK, which showed 90-100% less contamination on them than on standard, non-copper surfaces.
Ravinder Bhan, Principal Consultant of TPS Management Consultants and Local representatives for International Copper Association, said, “The Middle East places special emphasis on public health, especially in the welfare of children. The use of copper alloy touch surfaces, as has been demonstrated through their successful application in the Tokyo daycare centre, can serve as a model for healthcare and educational institutions in the Middle East region to promote the well-being of children. The antimicrobial properties will reduce the chance of infections among children, and add to their health and safety in schools.”
Mejiro has installed items in brass – an alloy of copper that benefits from its antimicrobial properties – in key areas around the facility. Hand washing basins, taps, food serving tables, serving trolleys and door furniture have been replaced with a view to improving hygiene.
Director Shoji Hiiragizawa said, “We had already implemented infection control by introducing air purification units and ensuring children wash their hands properly, but were still searching for better measures. The introduction of copper has given us a great opportunity to educate children and parents about infection prevention. We explain to the children ‘copper defeats bacteria for us’, and then talk to them about what they can do to avoid infection.”
The distinctive new brass items are eye-catching and beautiful, as well as protecting the health of children, staff and parents, and the children are enjoying them.
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