Hospital acquired infections killed 48,000 patients and cost $8.1 billion in 2006. A study released by Resources for the Future focused on hospital-acquired pneumonia and sepsis. The study estimated that 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are diagnosed every year.According to the study a lapse in infection control can lead to extra days in the hospital and in some cases death.
Hospital water systems are often overlooked and can be the source for many of these infections. High risk areas such as ICU, transplant, oncology, hematology, burn unit, dialysis, etc. can benefit from the new Nephros Dual Stage Ultrafilter (DSU). The DSU filters to .005 microns which exceeds the CDC recommendations of .02 micron bacterial filtration. The DSU is a cost effective method of providing biologically pure water at the point of use.
Severe burn victims need their wounds scrubbed to prevent infection and to speed up the healing process. There is growing support for washing burns with mild soap and tap water. Once a burn wound has been cleaned, it should be thoroughly rinsed.
Studies show that, in practice, most burn units shower their patients with tap water. the goal of cleansing is to remove dirt and debris, facilitate debridement of eschar and minimize the bioburden in the wound
When showering or using a whirlpool for physical therapy, the risks of infection from hospital water sources can be significantly reduced by filtering the water just prior to patient use. The Nephros DSU is available for showers, sinks, whirlpools, ice machines, etc. This filter is a .005 micron filter. Most other filters only filter down to .02 microns.
The DSU should last about 3 months (vs 1-2 weeks) depending on use. The filter is easily changed out using quick disconnect couplings. The Nephros DSU provides a cost-effective method for eliminating waterborne pathogens and providing biologically pure water. See specifications here.