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Antimicrobial copper research and applications in Greece

Halcor is a member of the Hellenic Copper Development Institute (HCDI) and is working in partnership with the HCDI to support scientific research and applications for antimicrobial copper in Greece. These include the following:
  • The installation of copper doorknobs and banisters at two school primary education buildings (housing a total of five primary education school units) of “Filekpaideftiki Etaireia – Arsakeio” (at the areas of Ekali and Psyhiko) as an additional effective measure to stop the spread of dangerous bacteria in schools. According to the results of a study carried out by the scientific team of the HCDI in collaboration with the Biopathology Laboratory of “Aretaieio” University Hospital of Athens, application of antimicrobial copper in these educational facilities, showed significant reduction of microbial flora. This resulted in a reduction of epidemiological data regarding the flu-like syndrome, infection (common flu), during the school year of 2011 - 2012. The use of Antimicrobial Copper alloys for the protection of public health provides some encouraging results: when combined with basic methods to prevent the spread of infections (hand sanitation, etc.), Antimicrobial Copper significantly reduces the spread of bacteria and viruses. The results of the study show that the number of bacterial loads found on surfaces where Antimicrobial Copper was newly applied or where it replaced other materials (doorknobs, protective bars, push surfaces) dropped considerably. 
  • The installation of Antimicrobial Copper bed frames, as well as handrails, doorknobs and banisters at the “Attikon” University General Hospital of Greece, is marked as the first Antimicrobial Copper implementation at hospital units of the NHS. The studies conducted by the scientific team of the HCDI and the doctors of "Attikon" University General Hospital, showed significant reduction of microbial flora in its ICU.
  • The installation of Antimicrobial Copper handles, knobs, touch surfaces, push bars, food trays, offices of doctors and heads nurses, as well as at the ICU of “Peiraiko Hospital" in Piraeus, resulted also to the significant reduction of microbial flora in the specific ICU. The scientific team of HCDI conducted also a financial study to monitor the positive impacts of the operation of this ICU. The results demonstrated a significant operating cost reduction at the ICU after the application of antimicrobial copper.
  • The world’s first Antimicrobial Copper plating at a neonatal ICU was completed in September 2012 at "Agia Sofia" Children's Hospital of Athens. In section B of the ICU of the hospital, the existing handles, knobs, push surfaces , touch surfaces, food trays as well as doctors and head nurses offices were replaced and plated with Antimicrobial copper. The results show the significant reduction of the microbial flora in the specific ICU.
  • The world’s first-ever industrial production and installation of antimicrobial copper air vents in a 3,000 space, located in Maroussi, Attica. 10 tones of copper were used for the development of a modern ventilation and air conditioning system of high aesthetics, that promotes a healthier working environment. The project was carried out as an initiative of the HCDI, aiming to create a model installation which would highlight the salutary value of clean air for the sustainability of a business, while adding an innovative touch to the design of the workplace. Even though infections at the workplace have not been scientifically proven yet, the impact of copper on bacteria found in ventilation and air conditioning systems is drastic.
The above applications realized in Greece, have been presented in global and Greek conferences and scientific papers have been issued respectively. In the References below, the major announcements are quoted.
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