Petition to Administrator Scott Pruitt, US Environmental Protection Agency

Lift the Ban on Sharing Antimicrobial Copper’s Proven Ability to Fight Infections. And Save Lives.

Sign the Petition. Contact Administrator Pruitt. Save Lives.

The Risk. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are a staggering problem in the United States. One out of 25 patients that enter a hospital today will develop an infection during their stay, leading to over 75,000 deaths and an estimated $147 billion in added costs every year.* In addition, nearly 2 million people are infected by antibiotic-resistant superbugs like MRSA each year, leading the CDC to warn of “catastrophic consequences” if the threat isn’t addressed.  

The Evidence. Antimicrobial copper surfaces have been scientifically proven to reduce infections in hospitals. In one such clinical trial, the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in ICU rooms reduced the patient infection rate by an astonishing 58%. These results are not unique – the merits of antimicrobial copper have been proven again and again in lab and hospital settings around the country (research at right). Antimicrobial copper has even been written about in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.  

The Problem. An EPA policy is preventing proponents of antimicrobial copper from sharing third party, peer-reviewed scientific research on copper’s ability to reduce infections. This is making it impossible to effectively communicate the value of this lifesaving, cost-effective solution to the healthcare community who could use antimicrobial copper to help vulnerable patients avoid deadly infections!

The Request. We ask Administrator Pruitt to immediately instruct the EPA to lift the ban and allow producers, manufacturers, and users of antimicrobial copper to make infection reduction claims that are proven and supported by peer-reviewed research.

Act NOW. Your support is needed to convince Administrator Pruitt to take immediate action. Please use the tools on this site to Contact Administrator Pruitt and Sign the Petition. Patients, loved ones, and healthcare workers around the country will thank you for it.

Hospitals can be dirty and pose a risk of infections.*