Legionella Water Management Program for Long-Term Care Facilities
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Common Places Legionella Is Found
Hot Water Systems
Does your Long-Term Care Facility Comply?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) memo referring to the ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188 requires Medicare and Medicaid certified long-term care facilities to implement preventative measures to minimize the growth and transmission of Legionella in order to maintain certification.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionella is not only the number one cause of waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States, but it also the most expensive.
The ASHRAE Standard identifies the minimum risk management requirements facility managers and infection preventionists must meet to prevent Legionella contamination of building water systems.
- Prepare Legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems (potable and non-potable).
- Conduct a Building Survey to identify risk factors for Legionella contamination and occupant exposure.
- Appoint a team to develop and implement a Water Management Program that meets risk management principles as outlined in the Standard.
If your long-term care facility doesn’t comply, your facility is at risk of being fined or losing its CMS certification.
Administrators are responsible for implementing a Water Management Program to aid in preventing Legionella contamination.