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Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia

What is S. Maltophilia?

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a bacteria found in moist environments and plumbing systems and is the cause of a wide range of illnesses such as bacteremia, pulmonary infections, urinary tract infections, meningitis, as well as several others. In the vast majority of cases, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia transmission occurs when patients come into contact with hospital equipment that has not been properly sterilized. This includes catheters, breathing tubes, and IV lines. Sometimes a patient may become infected after bathing in water containing the Stenotrophomonas bacteria.


Why Is It Dangerous?

This type of infection has a high mortality rate, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems. Its high resistance to standard oxidant treatments such as chlorine makes the pathogen even more hazardous. Compounding the danger is the fact that Stenotrophomonas maltophilia treatment with antibiotics is difficult due to the infection’s resistance. It is important to determine whether the patient is suffering from a bacterial colonization in which he or she is asymptomatic or a full-blown infection such as Stenotrophomonas pneumonia.

How Can It Be Prevented?

Understanding the most common Stenotrophomonas maltophilia causes is important to formulate a mitigation strategy. This microorganism needs the nutrients in biofilm to survive and proliferate. However, LiquiTech’s advanced copper silver ionization system can stop the bacteria in its tracks before it has a chance to take hold in your facility.

Our technology kills Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and other types of bacteria rather than simply suppressing them the way other treatments do. The process involves injecting pipes with positively charged copper and silver ions, which form an electrostatic bond with negatively charged sites on the microorganisms’ cell walls. This makes it impossible for the pathogens to absorb what they need to survive from biofilm, resulting in a quick death.

Copper silver ionization requires no harsh chemicals and produces no harmful byproducts, making it one of the safest and most eco-friendly solutions for preventing an outbreak. It causes no corrosion, so your plumbing will be left in the same condition it was before the treatments were applied. Because the process doesn’t rely on water temperature to work, it can be used throughout a building without any loss of efficacy. That’s why so many customers in the healthcare sector and beyond trust LiquiTech to protect their properties from S. maltophilia and other invaders.

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Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia Thrives in Moist Environments

Stenotrophomonas bacteria thrives in wet and moist environments, soil, or improperly sanitized biotechniology applications. It proliferates rapidly in warm water environments and poses a threat when exposed to humans. The fact that outbreaks often are attributed to multiple strains of the bacteria indicates that environmental sources are how most patients are exposed to it, rather than spreading between people.

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As Many as 3 in 4 U.S. Maltophilia Cases Result in Death

Infections related to S. Maltophilia are associated with high morbidity and mortality and primarily affects immunocompromised individuals with comorbid illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, immunosuppression, or organ transplantation.

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Most Cases of Infection Occur Through the Use of Improperly Sanitized Hospital Equipment

This includes patient-contact equipment such as catheters, I.V. lines, and breathing tubes.
TRAMSMISSION: Transmission occurs via direct entry into the body such as by ingesting or bathing with infected water or use of contaminated medical instruments.

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S. Maltophilia has been proven to be very resistant to oxidant treatments such as chlorine.

States with Over 10 Cases of S. Maltophilia per 100,000 Individuals

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This map represents the rate of instances annually as reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.


Copper Silver Ionization is proven to be one of the most effective technologies for controlling and preventing S. Maltophilia in water systems.

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