The challenges associated with water use in the hospital setting are increasing each year. Healthcare-associated infections caused by unsafe water threaten patients and staff. Efforts to address the problems with existing faucets and showers pose safety concerns and mounting costs. A smarter solution is necessary to keep up with the demands of modern healthcare.
Legionella pneumophila and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among others, infect approximately 300,000 hospital patients each year, creating life-threatening situations for immunocompromised patients.
*Statistic from the American Water Works Association report, Waterborne Pathogens: A public health risk in US hospitals
Bacteria can survive on washing stations even after soap and water have been introduced. Cross infection occurs when users touch contaminated surfaces after washing, unwittingly transmitting bacteria to objects – and people – they come in contact with.
To protect against harmful bacteria like Legionella pneumophila guidelines recommend storing water above 140˚ and ensuring at least 124˚ at the return. However, at hot temperatures like these, water can scald users in as little as five seconds, causing second and third degree burns.
Flow straighteners and aerators are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, and can contaminate water at its source. Even with regular cleaning, problematic features like these create an unavoidable risk for disease.
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, a percentage of healthcare providers’ revenue will be linked to reducing HCAIs. Though the change has positive implications, providers will be required to comply with rapidly shifting codes and standards.
On average, US hospitals use 350 gallons of water per staffed bed per day. Add that to the sewer and energy cost related to water use and what results is a growing consumption problem.
When we designed Rada faucets and showers from the ground up,
we were guided by three simple principles.
Easy to use
Touchless temperature control and intuitive design result in unparalleled simplicity.
Natural gesture controls are familiar and simple. High-contrast graphics deliver dynamic visual feedback to users regarding temperature. ADA-compliant shower levers require low rotational force to operate.
Safe to Use
The most advanced thermostatic control available decreases the risk of infections and scalding.
Precise, non-touch control of temperature and flow reduces the risk of contamination and cross infection. Insulated cool-touch surfaces and digital thermostatic accuracy protect users from scalding.
Easy to clean
Ergonomic shape and design elevate clean to a whole new level.
Smooth faucets are shaped to conform to the human hand for easy cleaning. Fewer joints and crevices limit areas where bacteria typically grow, significantly reducing microbial buildup over time.
Rada faucets and showers are controlled by a revolutionary digital
thermostatic mixing valve that provides real advantages for modern healthcare.
We’re bringing faucets and showers into the digital age. Configure water controls using a wide range of platforms, and access via a variety of interfaces.
A wide range of control measures allows users to manage water needs of individual locations with programmable operations, including duty and cold flushes, and thermal disinfection.
Control measures are automatically validated for temperature, duration, and flow. Data are saved to built-in memory, storing details for up to a year. Date and time are also recorded.
Program and monitor faucets and showers on a wide range of platforms:
Temperature range: 91˚F - 113˚F
Flow times: 1 second – 1 hour
Forget everything you know about how a faucet and shower work. Because truth be told, these are not ordinary faucets and showers. They are the future of technology happening today.