Pall Corporation introduced the Pall-Aquasafe(TM) Water Filter for home use for patients who are highly vulnerable to infection. These patients include those undergoing procedures that suppress their immune systems, such as bone marrow transplant or chemotherapy. These patients' infection risk makes them vulnerable even to the pathogens in water systems. Many hospitals, particularly transplant units, protect against waterborne pathogens with point-of-use showerhead filters.
Pall (Portsmouth, England) said its clinically proven, CE-marked, home-use medical device utilizes the same technology used in hospitals to remove fungal spores, bacteria and protozoa. This unit, the first disposable showerhead for use in the home, is being introduced at the annual conference of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, March 19-22, 2006, in Hamburg, Germany. The filter is available in Europe.
In addition to transplant patients, people with chronic illnesses may need similar protection, and Pall says the filter is appropriate prophylactic protection for those with cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease, cancers, leukemia and other blood disorders, severe wounds, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases that weaken the immune system.
Showers are said to be particularly problematic for people vulnerable to infection. When water flows through a showerhead, tiny water droplets containing contaminants separate from the main water stream and are spread by air currents. Some are inhaled as aerosols, while others condense onto surfaces where contamination can be transferred through touch. Inhalation of pathogenic waterborne microorganisms by immunocompromised patients can lead to debilitating and costly infections. The Pall-Aquasafe showerhead prevents these contaminants from entering the environment directly at the point of use.
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