In-Line Thermal Disinfection Unit (ILTDU)
Established in 1909, Horne Engineering Ltd is the leading innovator, designer and manufacturer of thermostatic controls, specialist taps, surface mounted shower panels and thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) for public and private healthcare, including aged and long term residential care. Continuous innovation and invention has led to the recent development of a unique and patented product, the ILTDU or In-Line Thermal Disinfection Unit. The ILDTU provides a superior and novel approach to the treatment of (unavoidable) retrograde pathogen contamination of water outlets - clinical wash-hand basin taps and shower outlets, including any integral thermostatic mixing valve, check valves and associated strainers. Using the readily available hot water supply (maintaining at least 60°C at each outlet), the ILTDU can be installed in the pipework upstream of any make of TMV, tap or shower and easily facilitates the periodic thermal disinfection of the ‘last 2 metres’ of the water system, where Pseudomonas Aeruginosa tends to colonise. In a growing number of hospital trials, the ILTDU is proving, time and again, to reduce Pseudomonas counts to zero. Not only does this ensure continued patient safety, but also eliminates the significant and on-going cost of point-of-use filters and the lab analysis of numerous water samples. The Horne ILTDU has paid for itself in a matter of months and the ongoing maintenance of water quality now consumes less time and labour. Once the modest initial investment is recouped, the ILTDU will actually generate savings that enable limited budgets to be spent elsewhere.
The ILTDU is available as a stand-alone item for installing across the hot and cold supply pipework feeding any make of thermostatic mixing valve, shower or tap. It is also available as a integrated component in Horne's range of thermostatic pre-plumbed shower panels, including its CARE shower.