Bug-busting showerhead targets Pseudomonas threat

Innovative system could help prevent repeat of baby deaths from contaminated water

The Pure Pulse showerhead can help to eliminate bacteria in water systems

A company based in Northern Ireland has developed an innovative showerhead that could help hospitals to kill off potentially-lethal bugs in water systems.

Following the recent Pseudomonas outbreak that killed four babies in Northern Ireland, hospitals across the UK have been examining their water systems to test for growth of the bacteria. The measures come after investigations into the deaths revealed the root of the problem was contaminated tap water and trusts are in the process of replacing taps and shower fittings to minimise future risk.

Now Pulse Eco Shower, based in Londonderry, has announced the launch of Pure Pulse, which has been tested at the Questor Centre in Belfast and is now being trialled by a major healthcare trust and water authorities across Britain.

The showerheads effectively counter the threat of bacteria including Pseudomonas and Legionella and eliminate limescale clogging.

Development and financing of the technology has been supported by small business support group, Invest NI, and it has already been singled out for praise at the recentGreen Hospitality Awards .

Our design has produced a much more efficient, hygienic and healthier shower system

Christie Allen, director of Pulse Eco Shower, said: “Our design has produced a much more efficient, hygienic and healthier shower system. Questor’s research found that the new head virtually eliminates limescale clogging and dramatically reduces bacteria due to the small surface area inside the head and the use of a small metal exit point compared to traditional domestic showerheads, which use a spray plate involving rubber nipples, which offer a natural breeding ground for bacteria. Pure Pulse also reduces water consumption by between 40-60%.

“Bacterial cultures require certain conditions to flourish and they need to anchor to a suitable surface. The design of traditional showerheads means they will usually have a film of water, rubber material or recesses where this can occur. As a result, layers of deposited material, which provide nutrients for bacteria, build up in areas that are aerated and moist. Bacteria can thrive in such pockets and, as limescale accumulates clogging the holes in the spray plate, the efficiency of the shower will also be affected. Removing the spray plate means there is nowhere for bacteria and limescale to develop. Our system has been designed to, and has been proven to, offer an effective solution to these problems.”

Pulse Eco Shower has developed a highly-innovative product that could transform the shower industry and could have immense potential in international market segments including healthcare

Des Gartland, manager of Invest NI’s North West regional office in Londonderry, added: “Pulse Eco Shower has developed a highly-innovative product that could transform the shower industry and could have immense potential in international market segments including healthcare. It is already attracting significant interest from potential clients in this and other important sectors.

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