11th March 2020

Contego – A Vital First Defence in Infection Prevention and Control

Contego is a comprehensive range of antimicrobial ironmongery from Allgood. Made from a 70% copper-nickel alloy, Contego has all the antimicrobial power of copper with the clinical appearance of stainless steel.

Antimicrobial copper is scientifically proven to be the most effective touch surface material in the fight against healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). With evidence that bacteria and viruses can remain active on hard surfaces – such as door handles – for hours, Contego kills greater than 99.9% of pathogens – including MRSA – within minutes of exposure: no other material comes close.

In real-world clinical trials, installing copper products has reduced rates of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) by over 80% compared to standard materials, such as stainless steel and coated products.

contego scale of the hcai

Highly cost-effective, the investment of installation is able to be recouped within as little as two months, based on fewer infections, reduced demand on resources, and the resulting shorter lengths of patient hospital stays.

The design of Contego echoes the clean simplicity of Allgood’s iconic Modric range, also keeping the stainless-steel appearance preferred in healthcare environments. Like Modric, the entire range is made at our factory in Birmingham.

Alistair Higgins, Chief Executive of Allgood commented: “Copper is perhaps the oldest known material with the seemingly magical intrinsic ability to kill 99.9% of pathogens (bacteria and viruses) within minutes. The word “kill” is important, because copper not only dramatically reduces the spread of disease, but it also destroys the genetic material of pathogens, thereby preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance. The Contego range from Allgood, with the appearance of stainless steel, has a certified copper content of at least 70%, and should be seriously considered as an automatic choice for all health care and high-traffic environments.”