The infection prevention specialist explained: “Sink water traps are a breeding ground for MDR bacteria. Infection risks occur when water used for staff handwashing, patient hygiene, and washing devices, becomes contaminated, and is then drained through the sinks.
If water flow is restricted, biofilm-forming bacteria may create stable reservoirs in waste pipes and semi-horizontal drainpipes. Bacteria that form in one water trap or wastepipe can easily spread to other nearby sinks. Every year up to 50,000 people in Europe and the US die after contracting drug-resistant infections, while globally, the annual death toll is estimated at at least 700,000.”
DDC Dolphin says its ‘clinically tested’ UVC Water Trap Disinfector sanitises the water in sink waste pipes – killing bacteria and preventing biofilm formulation. The UVC Water Trap Disinfector reportedly eliminates multi-drug resistant:
Carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPO).
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).
Bacteria that produce Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL).
DDC Dolphin Marketing and HR director, Zoe Allen said: “Multidrug-resistant microorganisms use wastewater systems as a superhighway – swiftly spreading from one sink to the next. Bacteria in the form of biofilm can ascend a drain to reach the sink waste fitting at 1 mm per hour. Any clean water hitting the drain will then disperse the bacteria up to two metres. Our new UVC Water Trap Disinfector tackles the problem at source – killing bacteria, preventing biofilm formulation, and keeping wastepipes sanitised. This cost-effective technology consumes as little as 12 W of energy per hour. It is easy to fit, and requires very little maintenance.”
The new UVC Water Trap is the latest ultraviolet technology from DDC Dolphin. The company also supplies UVMATIC and UVMATIC Plus air purifiers, which use photoplasma, ozone, and negative ions, to destroy bacteria and viruses.