|[April 28, 2014]
New Larco CopperShield Push Plate Fights Bacteria* that Cause Hospital-Acquired Infections
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. --(Business Wire)--
One in 25 hospitalized patients is battling a hospital-acquired
infection (HAI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). ATEK
Access Technologies, LLC today released the Larco CopperShield
push-plate, an automatic door activation switch made from CuVerro®
Unlike silver coatings or any other touch-surface metal, CuVerro is
recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill
more than 99.9 percent of bacteria*, including Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), within two hours, when cleaned regularly.
CopperShield is the only push-plate switch that utilizes a solid
bactericidal material approved by the EPA for use in hospitals in the
"The CopperShield push plate is an integral part of our improved
infection control plan," said Ed Harrich, director of surgical services
at Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman, Wash. "Its ability to
continuously combat bacteria falls right in line with the culture of
'patient safety first.' We take great pride in our infection rates being
below one percent, and the Larco CopperShield wall switch will help us
further supplement our current infection control program because of its
inherent ability to kill bacteria that cause these infections."
CopperShield push plates made with CuVerro help inhibit build-up and
growth of bcteria between routine cleaning and sanitizing, and
continuously kill bacteria. They are offered in 4.5 inch and 6-inch
square sizes, and feature a handicap logo and "press to open" engraving
on 18-gauge brushed copper alloy. The push plates can be mounted
directly into electrical or universal mounting boxes, and can be
hardwired or connected wirelessly to the door.
"HAIs can be devastating to a hospital's revenue and reputation, and
even deadly to patients," said Scott Gardeen, senior product manager for
Larco products. "CopperShield push plates provide the kind of protection
from infectious bacteria* patients and employees in the healthcare
In addition to healthcare facilities, CopperShield push plates are ideal
for use in clean rooms, pharmacies, restrooms, restaurants, and anywhere
hygiene and convenience are required.
Larco is an ATEK Access Technologies brand and leader in access
technologies for public entrances. For more information about Larco
products, including the CopperShield push plate, visit www.larco.com.
About ATEK Access Technologies
ATEK Access Technologies, LLC is part of the ATEK Companies group of
technology and manufacturing businesses. Its industry-leading brands use
the power of advanced machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to provide
customers access to superior efficiencies and savings, essential data
and systems, improved safety and control, and expert solutions and
support. Its brands include Datakey, Larco and TankScan. For more
information, visit www.atekaccess.com.
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro
surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2
hours of exposure: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,
Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis
The use of CuVerro® antimicrobial copper products are a supplement to
and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users
must continue to follow all current infection control practices,
including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of
environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial
contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.
CuVerro® is a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC and is used with
permission (L-0005-1404). See www.CuVerro.com
for more details.
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