The History of Antimicrobial Copper Alloys

Copper and its related alloys have been used for thousands of years to kill bacteria. The Egyptians used copper drinking vessels to sterilize water, and the Aztecs gargled with a mixture containing copper to treat sore throats. Hippocrates even recommended the use of copper for leg ulcers related to varicose veins. Pliny, 23 to 79 A.D., used copper oxide with honey to treat intestinal worms.


Today, Midbrook Medical continues the use of antimicrobial copper alloys to fight modern day health challenge. Midbrook Medical is a minority owned, Michigan based builder of machines and products designed to assist each healthcare associate in their effort to control the spread of Hospital acquired infections.  


Midbrook Medical builds custom designed work surfaces, tables, cabinets and carts. These items are made of stainless steel, solid surface Corian®, or the microbial fighting copper alloys proven to kill bacteria such as MRSA.


In addition to antimicrobial custom products, Midbrook uses 20 years of automotive related cleaning experience to develop multi-use, flexible, automated, repeatable processes necessary to achieve consistent cleaning and low level decontamination prior to sterilization.