Medical copper silver ionization (CSI) water treatment solutions have been around for over 20 years. These water treatment technology solutions are used in healthcare facilities and long term care homes. They are engineered to addresses microorganisms such as Legionella bacterium in water systems, making the potable safer for facility occupants.
Copper silver ionization is particularly effective in controlling Legionella bacteria. Legionella related infections can cause a severe, sometimes fatal form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ Disease.
Medical Copper Silver Ionization Basics
Medical Copper Silver Ionization works by releasing an electrical current into water as it passes through one (or multiple) ionization chamber cells containing electrodes made of copper and silver. This process results in the release of extremely small concentrations of ions into the water, which attaches itself to cell walls of both bacterial and planktonic microorganisms, ultimately killing them.
These systems have several distinct advantages over other treatments. First, it is effective in both hot and cold water applications and can fit easily into existing water infrastructure. Second, it is cost-effective, in large part due to its low maintenance requirements. Third, metals released in the ions are considered safe and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, as well as by the World Health Organization.
This treatment is also environmentally friendly, as it does not deplete dissolved oxygen in the water, and it does not require the addition of large quantities of chemicals such as ozone or chlorine, which can have a negative impact on aquatic life. Furthermore, copper silver ionization does not act as a filter, so it does not need to be changed as often as other water-purification systems, resulting in significant long-term cost savings.
Overall, copper silver ionization is an effective and economical water-treatment method for healthcare facilities, as it is capable of reliably controlling Legionella bacteria, safe for aquatic life, and requires no harmful chemicals and minimal maintenance. Ultimately, this technology has the potential to dramatically reduce costs, as well as ensure the safety and health of both patients and workers.