Long Term Care facilities understandably need to be kept as clean as possible to keep residents healthy and prevent the spread of disease. Residents are exposed to a variety of pathogens through daily life as they interact with visitors, caregivers, and other residents. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Respiratory Infections are common in LTC facilities, so it is important to implement effective resident hygiene that addresses the risks of cross-contamination and resident self-infection.
Resident self-infection is a significant risk and often overlooked. The problem is that micro-organisms that a resident brings to their own bath or shower will be set in motion during the process. Pathogens on the skin can enter the body through natural openings, cuts, and inhalation of water vapor. This means that resident hygiene can be a contributing factor to the spread of bacteria, viruses, and other sources of infection which will increase the risk of resident illness.
In a study conducted by The Medical College of Pennsylvania, water samples from before and after a 20-minute bath were tested for levels of bacteria. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effectiveness of continuous Ultraviolet light (UV) treatment at reducing the quantity of bacteria in a recirculating water system (whirlpool).
Measurements of bath water after a bath without UV treatment showed a 5×105 -fold increase in CFU (Colony Forming Units). This data clearly shows that persons bring a tremendous amount of microorganisms to their bath/shower and that bathing may contribute to a higher risk of infection.
Next, researchers tested water that had been treated with UV light for the duration of the 20-minute bath. Even though each bather brought widely varying levels of bacteria to the bath water, the bacterial count in the UV treated water was below the level of detection, less than 10 CFU/ml in 25 of 27 experiments. The bathwater had lower levels of bacteria remaining than was measured in the original, clean tap water. Therefore, this study shows that continuous UV disinfection during patient use is effective in killing bacteria and reducing the risk of self-infection by the bather as well as the spread of disease through cross-contamination.
Remedy® Ultraviolet Water Purification System from Apollo
As you can see, it is essential that caregivers use a bathing system that kills these harmful microorganisms in order to reduce the spread of pathogens and protect residents from illness. Apollo bathing systems help to limit the proliferation of bacteria when bathing with the Remedy® Ultraviolet Water Purification System. It accomplishes this by using UV rays to damage the bacteria’s DNA, destroying their ability to reproduce and infect patients. The Remedy® Ultraviolet Water Purification System is an FDA-approved, germicidal water purification system for continuous infection control.
Apollo whirlpool spas with UV water purification are safe and effective for your residents. In a clinical study, information collected from care centers using our Remedy® Ultraviolet Water Purification System showed a decrease in UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) of 50% and respiratory infections reduced by 35%.
To learn more about how you can take advantage of Apollo’s unique UV water purification system, contact us today.