The Water Wizard for Safer BathingBy Melnyk, Josh; Tussman, Danielle; Schwartz, Jen; Chahal, Mannie; Devries, Marilyn; Joziasse, Amanda; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Paper describes the Water Wizard, which is an anti-scald valve that facilitates safe bathing for all populations by significantly reducing the risk of burns. Tap-water scalds are very common among children, older adults, and people with disabilities. The Water Wizard is hooked up to a mixing valve, which contains a safety mechanism that turns the water off when the temperature reaches 43 degrees Celsius, which is the maximum temperature that can be selected. The maximum temperature for the device was determined by referring to a previous anti-scald device approved by the Canadian Standards Association. The authors contend that the Water Wizard not only reduces the incidence of bathing in unsafe conditions, but also enhances quality of life for people who are older by helping them to maintain their level of independence when showering or bathing. Other users who could benefit from the Water Wizard include people with cognitive disabilities, diabetes, reduced functional mobility and strength, visual disabilities, reduced thermal sensitivity, and young children.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)