The need & The Solution
Legionnaires Disease - Introduction to the Risk
Legionnaires Disease - Introduction to the Risk
Safe Shower invented a unique shower head, patent based, that minimizes the risk of Legionnaires' disease from sources of shower heads, By continuous disinfection in the shower head, with a small sized disinfection unit (such as chlorine pill or UV unit).
Legionella is a parasite bacterium, disinfecting the water system does not prevent the spread of legionella in the shower head. In order to prevent the development of the Legionella bacteria we must continue to disinfect the shower head even when water flow stops. In regular shower heads, once the water stands, the chlorine evaporates and air enters the system.
Legionella, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease, occurs naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. Generally, the low amounts of these bacteria in freshwater do not lead to disease. However, Legionella can pose a health risk when it gets into building water systems. To do this, Legionella first has to grow (increase in numbers). Then it has to spread through small water droplets (aerosolization) that people can breathe in. Safe Shower is invented the solution which minimize the risk for Legionnaires’ disease in Hotels, Hospitals and Other establishments from sources of shower heads.
Infrequent use of fixtures can effectively add “dead legs” to a water system. The water leading to an infrequently used faucet or shower head may sit in a pipe at Legionella growth temperature for days or weeks and bacteria growing in the "dead leg" can be shed into the flowing stream. Infrequent use of plumbing fixtures, like in a hotel luxury suite for example, encourages Legionella bacteria to live in biofilms where they can obtain nutrients and be protected from disinfectants.
Hotels are exposed to claims from guests exposed to the disease,
Hospitals and hotels spend tens of thousands of dollars a year to disinfection, which our solution makes better.
In 2011, The Aria Resort & Casino, located on the Las Vegas Strip, told guests who stayed during a two-week period between June 21 and July 4 that they may have been exposed to high levels of disease-causing legionella bacteria.
In 2016, dozens of guests at the hotel in Shfayim were evacuated from their rooms after the pollution was discovered, the hotel was sued for compensation.
In 2017, a resident of the central region of Israel went to the Daniel Hotel for a vacation and died six days later after suffering from the Legionnaires' disease. In his lawsuit for NIS 2 million, his lawyers claim that the hotel failed to test bacteria concentrations in the water system of the Ministry of Health.
According to the CDC, “about 6,100 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in the United States in 2016. However, because Legionnaires’ disease is likely underdiagnosed, this number may underestimate the true incidence.” https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/fastfacts.html
About one in 10 people who gets sick from Legionnaires’ disease will die!!!
Dr. Paul Edelstein, a Legionnaires’ disease researcher, has estimated that more than 100,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease could be occurring each year in the U.S.
Safe Shower solution is a pendent patent with a working prototype chlorine based.
The Solution is prevention
Hospitals and Hotel are required by regulation, to perform a routinely examination to detect Legionella in the bathing water. When bacteria are detected at a concentration higher than the permissible, when Legionella is detected the institution is required to perform an expensive disinfection process and then make a re-test to verify success of disinfection, this procedure take a lot of man hours and is very costly (Tens of thousands of $ each year).
This patent will save a great deal on hotel costs, save the maintenance personnel time, save a number of repetitive samples due to less Legionella-positive lab results, save on lawsuits for avoiding accidental Legionella and savings in preventive actions like disinfecting the water system in cases of Legionella positive results. But most importantly, it will save lives.
Safe Shower's showerhead connects to every standard water line as regular shower head like showerheads exist in hospitals, hotels and private homes, by doing so they provide an additional layer of protection, which in turn minimizes the risk of Legionnaire disease from sources of hot and cold-water systems (>35% of outbreaks).
- Continuous disinfection of the shower head, when water stops. System prevents Legionella and another bacteria accumulation.
- Small sized disinfection unit.
- By preventing air entering the shower head we minimize aerosols that transmit the Legionella.
- The silicon valves preventing from air enters to the shower head which minimize chlorine oxidization and minimize scale and organic sediments.
We currently have a working chlorine prototype and we are now developing a UVC LED based product with a tiny 30mm disinfection unit.
This UVC LED unit which was developed by AquiSense Technologies will revolutionize the taps / Shower world, few understand it at the moment but in the future will be taken for granted.