Protect your residents from infection with CSIDefender® Legionella pneumophilia prevention solutions. The elderly population is at a far greater risk of contracting and succumbing to legionella, meaning nursing homes and other residential care facilities, such as long-term care and assisted living, must effectively prevent the spread and growth of this bacteria. A proactive, affordable and discreet approach that uses secondary water treatment, such as copper silver ionization (CSI), is the only way to fully protect your patients and help comply with ASHRAE 188 Legionella Prevention Standards when secondary facility water disinfection is recommended.

Protect Residents with Copper Silver Ionization Legionella Prevention Systems

According to the CDC, 80 percent of legionella outbreaks in healthcare facilities were associated with long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. Water distribution systems and storage tanks leading to showers, sinks, bathtubs and medical equipment are all potential sources of bacteria growth.

CSIDefender® Copper Silver Ionization solution generates clinically proven and field tested positively charged copper (Cu+2) and silver (Ag+) ions to prevent legionella bacteria growth and saturate the biofilm where it grows. This approach dramatically reduces the risk of nosocomial acquired infections associated with Legionella by vulnerable residents and provides a safer facility environment to all occupants.

Trust CSIDefender® for Water Treatment in Nursing Homes

CSIDefender® copper silver ionization solutions have been trusted by engineers and consultants in nursing homes for more than 20 years. Built with quality materials, manufactured in North America, and backed by a 10 year limited warranty, CSIDefender® provides a safe, reliable and cost-effective legionella prevention solution to protect vulnerable residents from infection before it occurs.

Benefits of CSIDefender®

Some plumbing code regulations require that domestic hot water (DHW) systems deliver water at no more than 120°F, which also happens to be in the temperature range for legionella growth. One of the most common growth remediation techniques used by nursing homes is thermal-eradication, which uses superheated water at 140°F (or higher) to kill the bacteria. Those with experience understand that this approach is a huge waste of energy, increases the risk of scalding to the elderly residents, and is known to damage existing plumbing infrastructure features such as faucets and showers that are typically not designed for these higher water temperatures.

CSIDefender® works differently. By releasing positively charged copper and silver ions that bond with bacteria, they neutralize legionella throughout the entire water distribution system and prevent future growth by saturating the biofilm where bacteria grows. And it does this without any chemicals or scalding hot water, making it a safe, reliable, and effective alternative for elderly residents in nursing homes.

Prevent legionella while working within your capital and operational budgetary constraints. Thermal-eradication techniques greatly increase energy costs, and chemical treatments that use chlorine or chlorine dioxide typically require costly third-party service contracts. Both chlorine and thermal eradication are short term solutions that are resource and labor intensive. Alternatively, the CSIDefender® copper silver ionization solution is up to 66% more cost effective than these less reliable solutions. Mitigate the risk of legionella infection, and the costs that come with an outbreak, with CSIDefender®.

With no on-site chemical storage requirements, CSIDefender® solutions are compact and easy to install in any environment. Whether you’re at the design stage of a new long-term care facility or upgrading an existing one with new legionella prevention systems, CSIDefender® can be an integral part of your Legionella growth prevention initiative for point-of-entry (POE) or domestic hot water (DHW) requirements depending on your legionella risk assessment , incoming water temperature, and building occupancy levels. With minimal preventative maintenance requirements compared to other technologies, you will be able to protect residents against the threat of legionella for years to come.

Thermal-eradication and hyper-chlorination chemical treatments can be effective in the short term, but legionella will typically reappear within 3-6 weeks after the process is complete. These treatment options are not considered long-term Legionella growth prevention solutions and do not fully saturate existing biofilm and other contaminates that harbor legionella growth.

The CSIDefender® works by generating and releasing copper and silver ions into the potable water, providing fully automated computer control long term protection against bacteria growth without the need for periodical costly repeated short-term treatments. Plus, these ions fully penetrate the biofilm within 30-45 days, killing bacteria at the source and preventing future growth across the entire water system.

Consultant engineers and remediation experts involved in nursing homes.

Long term care and assisted living facilities in North America and around the world choose CSIDefender® copper silver ionization for legionella pneumophilia prevention.

CSI Nursing Homes Installations

United Hebrew Skilled NursingNew Rochelle, NY, USA

Since 1919, United Hebrew Skilled Nursing is an award winning long-term assisted living facility in New Rochelle, New York. They provide independent senior housing, home health care, and expert memory care for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. One CSI-E2 commercial grade copper silver ionization unit is installed to treat a domestic hot water zone and prevent Legionella growth.

CSIDefender® Solution Installed:
Model No
CSI- E2 (1 controller, 2 ion chamber cells)
Capacity
50,000 GPD / 200M3D each facility
Application
DHW
Contruction
Retrofit / Consultant Recommended
Amperage
20 amps

Queen of Peace Residence Queens Village, NY, USA

Queen of Peace Residence provides care to 80 elderly Residents (60+ years old) who are without financial means, family or social support. Many seniors come to Queen of Peace as independent Residents residing in subsidized apartments on the 4th and 5th floors. As their skills decline and they require more assistance, they can move to a floor where an appropriate level of skilled nursing care is provided. The continuum of services permits a sense of security throughout life. Once a senior Resident comes to Queen of Peace, they have a home for the remainder of their years. One (15 amps) CSIDefender® solution was installed in this nursing home facility to treat the domestic hot water zone and prevent Legionella growth.

CSIDefender® Solution Installed:
Model No
SMX-E1 (1 unit / 1 cells)
Capacity
22,500 GPD / 145 beds
Application
DHW
Construction
Retrofit / Consultant Recommended
Amperage
10 amps

Willow Towers Assisted LivingNew Rochelle, NY, USA

Willow Towers Assisted Living is an award-winning assisted living and memory care residence located on the United Hebrew’s campus of comprehensive care in New Rochelle, New York. Willow Towers offers residents a vibrant lifestyle and gracious living in a community that feels like home.. One CSI-E2 commercial grade ionization unit was installed in this long term care home facility to treat a domestic hot water zone and prevent Legionella growth.

CSIDefender® Solution Installed:
Model No
CSI- E2 (1 controller, 2 ion chamber cells)
Capacity
50,000 GPD / 200M3D
Application
DHW
Construction
Retrofit / Consultant Recommended
Amperage
20 amps ea.

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