Usage and Benefits of Infection Control Water

Water is an essential natural resource for everyone. But water can garner germs and bacteria that can harm us. It is vital in healthcare. Infection Control water is a process of water management to make the water free of such pathogens, germ, and bacteria. To create a safe environment for hydrotherapy and other healthcare activities, infection-free water is essential. This is essential as we know there are protozoal microbes and pathogens that can causes diseases in living beings.

Some of the waterborne disease spread via: 

  • Direct contact such as in hydrotherapy, for instance.
  • Water ingestion
  • Equipment or tools- An indirect contact
  • Aerosol inhalation from resources of water
  • Water aspiration
  • Contact during blood transfer or work related to blood such as hemodialysis and so on.

Usage of Infection Control Water

In health care, patients have weak defense mechanisms within their bodies, so it is essential to have infection control water. Such infection control water has potential uses in the healthcare industry, primarily, chemical laboratorie, and others.

Other than healthcare, infection control water is used for:

  • Agriculture
  • Industrial reasons
  • Hemodialysis
  • Medical purposes
  • Hydrotherapy Tanks
  • Dental or Medical tools/equipment

Infection Control-What is it?

Ceasing or prevention of various infections in any healthcare or other environments is what is referred to as infection control.

Benefits of Infection Control Water

Every aspect of infection control needs to work to optimize its effects.

Some of the primary advantages of infection control water are:

  • An appropriate infection control is an efficient way to impact and prevent the spread the hospital borne infections. The infection source can be from anywhere.
  • Hand hygiene is maximized to avoid all the other potential issues. It reduces HAIs prevalence and antimicrobial resistance spread.
  • This will protect a patient/person from any kind of infection and water being one of the potential source to transmit infection.
  • Regular chlorination of water in the hospital enables water borne bacteria and germs to be carried through water in different areas.
  • Any dialysate is cultured and so the bacteria is lesser than 200/mL. This ensures appropriate water for patient’s dialysis.
  • This water is ensured to be obtained from sources with no biofilm formations. This is done through UV radion, ionization: copper-silver and low disinfectants proportions.
  • Since filters are used in efficient control of protozoa, fungi and other pathogens, this water prevents a thorough spread of waterborne issues.

Some of the water-borne organisms are that are put on control through this process are:

  • Burkholderia,
  • Pseudomonas,
  • Acinetobacter spp
  • Enterobacter
  • Gram negative rods
  • Legionella

Monitoring of infection control water to maintain water standards

This can be done with the following steps:

  • Regular surveillance through water samples and swabs for biofilm formation.
  • Recirculation sampling of loop water
  • Recording of quality of water regularly
  • Disinfection with heat (over 80 deg C) for atleast 120 mins every two weeks
  • Sterilization of water.
  • Prevention of biofilm formations.
  • Checking for right plumbing and ensuring their maintainance.
  • Preventing stagnation and corrosion.

Conclusion

Water is used extensively in several facilities such as healthcare, industrial, medical and other. Infection control water ensures health and minimizes illness/vulnerability. With the above mentioned uses and benefits of infection control water, its importance is clear to us. Having a healthy water resource that potentially helps us to build our health instead of harming us with spread of infection as a carrier is crucial.

Nephros Inc. Also Offers Following Services :

Lead Filter System
Dialysis Quality Water
Hemodiafiltration

Contact US:

Nephros Inc.
Address: 380 Lackawanna Pl,  South Orange, NJ
Phone: (201) 343-5202

Differences Between POU & POE Filters

Water filters are becoming essential and most of the homes have a quality lead water filter. This is because the water that we get from various sources is not as clean and pure as they used to be around three or four decades ago. This is because of several reasons. The level of pollution and contamination of groundwater has gone up quite significantly. The usage and extraction of available groundwater resources and also other sources of water are becoming quite unscientific and even unsustainable. This has led to a drastic drop in the water table in many parts of the country and thickly populated cities and towns are the biggest sufferers. Given the above situation, there is no other way but to install water filtration systems in our home. When we talk about filtration systems for homes, we can classify them into two broad categories. They are POU water filtration systems and POE filtration systems. We will briefly look at each one of them so that our readers can get some ideas about both the options.

POU – Point of Use

POU systems are those which filter the water where you use it. It could be attached to an individual tap, shower or faucet. These POU systems come with filters that connect to a water line. It could be fixed under the sink, on the wall and other such places. The filters help to store filtered water in a pitcher or storage tank and you can use them as and when required with a faucet that is attached to the storage tank. Advanced POU filters allow you to directly drink filtered water from the faucet or water source to which they are attached. They are low-cost solutions for those who need only one source of filtered water. POU filters are mostly attached to individual faucets in the kitchen are useful for cooking and supplying drinking water to all the inhabitants of the home.

POE – Point of Entry

The point of entry filtration systems is also known as total filtration systems or whole-home filtration solutions. These filtration systems are attached to the main water supply line for the entire home or at the place where water enters the home before it is branched out to various other places like bathrooms, toilets, kitchens, showers and other such places.

Which Is The Better Option – POU or POE?

There cannot be a straight-jacketed, yes or no type of answer for the above question. Both systems are unique and have their pros, cons, and versatilities. It depends on the specific needs of the customers and also depends on the main objectives and goals of having a water filter. If you are keen on getting pure and filtered drinking and cooking water for your kitchen, then you could choose a POU water filter and attach it to your kitchen faucet.

On the other hand, if your house has unique and different water challenges, or if you want filtered water supply even in your bathroom and toilets, then it is quite obvious that a POE filtration system would be the best choice.

Many homes use a combination of POU and POE options because both of them have benefits for them in their respective areas.

Contact US:

Nephros Inc.
Address:380 Lackawanna Pl,  South Orange, NJ
Phone: (201) 343-5202