The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized copper as the world’s leading anti-bacterial metal signaling greater opportunities for copper in medical applications.
Awareness of copper’s natural healing properties dates back centuries. It was used by ancient civilizations to not only ensure clean drinking water, but also to treat wounds, reduce infections and cure diseases.
Copper contains very potent antibacterial and antiviral properties, so it’s no surprise that it has become increasingly popular in medical applications as an alternative to stainless steel and plastic which can harbor bacteria. By helping healthcare professionals to significantly reduce the risk of spreading infections across a hospital, copper can help medical staff improve the overall quality of care for their patients.
Another way copper and brass are used in the medical industry is for external hospital equipment and to help transmit signals to diagnostic tools and small implants.