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:
- Industrial reasons
- 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:
- Acinetobacter spp
- Gram negative rods
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.
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.
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