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Potable Water for Patient Care - USA

Ensuring that healthcare water systems are free of waterborne pathogens is crucial, especially for immunocompromised patients in the BMT, Hem-Onc, ICU, and NICU. Learn more on how Pall Medical helps create barriers to waterborne pathogens with hospital water filtration.

Potable Water in Healthcare Facilities

Background, Facts and Solutions for Water Management Programs

In water distribution systems biofilm can develop within a few days even if the water meets drinking water criteria. Biofilm protects the microorganisms within from chemical agents and thermal disinfection procedures, and is extremely difficult to completely eradicate once established. Biofilms contain a large variety of waterborne microorganisms including protozoa (e.g. Acanthamoeba), fungi (e.g. Aspergillus spp., Fusarium spp.) and a number of human pathogenic bacteria.

 

Legionella pneumophila is perhaps the best-known waterborne bacterium colonizing  biofilm, and it can be found in both central storage areas (e.g. water tanks) as well as peripheral water outlets. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is known to be a major cause of severe infections, including pneumonia, sepsis, wound and skin infections.  Inhalation and aspiration represent the established transmission pathways for Legionella spp., whereas Pseudomonas spp. is reported to be mainly transmitted by contact and aspiration. 

 

Point-of-use (POU) water filters can be used as an additional control measure in those areas where vulnerable and immunocompromised users may come into contact with water as an aid in reducing patient exposure. In medical facilities the most common areas for POU water filter installation are bone marrow transplant units, hematology/oncology units, ICUs, transplantation units, burn units, neonatology, endoscopic reprocessing, birthing pools, kitchen (for food preparation and drinking water provision), and geriatric departments.  POU filters are quickly installed which makes them an effective and immediate management tool in acute water contamination situations.

 

 

Filtration Solutions

Pall-Aquasafe™ Disposable Water Filters (AQF4A, AQ31F1SA, AQ31F1RA, AQINA) provide filtered water suitable for washing and drinking*, superficial wound cleansing, cleaning of equipment used in medical procedures and washing of surgeon's hands for up to 31 day use. The double layer sterilizing grade Supor® membrane is rated and validated at 0.2 μm, and may aid in infection control by acting as a barrier to waterborne particulates and pathogens.

* Where local practices allow

 

Pall-Aquasafe™ Disposable Water Filters for Showers
Medical

Pall-Aquasafe™ Disposable Water Filters for Showers

Part Number:

AQF4A

Pall-Aquasafe™ Disposable Water Filters For Faucets
Medical

Pall-Aquasafe™ Disposable Water Filters For Faucets

Part Number:

AQ31F1SA, AQ31F1RA

Pall-Aquasafe™ Disposable In-Line Water Filters
Medical

Pall-Aquasafe™ Disposable In-Line Water Filters

Part Number:

AQINA

QPoint® Shower Water Filter Assembly
Medical

QPoint® Shower Water Filter Assembly

Medical

The QPoint Water Filter Assembly with exchangeable Filter Capsule for up to 62 day (2 months) use provides water filtered through 0.2 μm sterilizing-grade membranes at the Point-of-Use. QPoint Filter Capsules are considered to be pesticide devices under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and accordingly, such products are manufactured, packaged and labelled in an Environmental Protection Agency-registered establishment.

The high technology integrated prefiltration layer delivers exceptional particulate trapping capacity with good flow rates, and protects the proven double layer sterilizing grade membranes enabling long performance life.The Filter Capsule retains fungi, protozoa and bacteria such as Legionella spp., Pseudomonas spp., non-tuberculous Mycobacteria and Escherichia coli without volume restriction. A combination of technologies within the Filter Capsule minimizes the risk of retrograde contamination over the life of the product.

The QPoint Water Filter Assembly with exchangeable Filter Capsule for up to 62 day (2 months) use provides water filtered through 0.2 μm sterilizing-grade membranes at the Point-of-Use. QPoint Filter Capsules are considered to be pesticide devices under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and accordingly, such products are manufactured, packaged and labelled in an Environmental Protection Agency-registered establishment.

The high technology integrated prefiltration layer delivers exceptional particulate trapping capacity with good flow rates, and protects the proven double layer sterilizing grade membranes enabling long performance life.The Filter Capsule retains fungi, protozoa and bacteria such as Legionella spp., Pseudomonas spp., non-tuberculous Mycobacteria and Escherichia coli without volume restriction. A combination of technologies within the Filter Capsule minimizes the risk of retrograde contamination over the life of the product.

QPoint® Tap Water Filter Assembly
Medical

QPoint® Tap Water Filter Assembly

 

 

 

 

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