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LOMBARD, IL (PRWEB)
June 22, 2017
New regulations from the federal government are reinforcing the need for healthcare facilities to take proactive steps to prevent outbreaks of deadly Legionnaires’ disease and other infections resulting from pathogens in their water systems.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this month issued new requirements that any Medicare-certified facility – amounting to almost all of the nation’s hospitals and long-term care facilities – must have a water management plan that includes control measures.
The action was followed by new data on disease incidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said its one-year study of 20 states found that Legionnaires’ cases are occurring all over the country, with people contracting the disease from a healthcare facility in 76% of locations reporting exposures.
Both reports point to the need for water management planning and tout new standards for Legionella control published in 2015 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Legionella is the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. People can become ill after aspirating water vapor from showerheads, cooling towers, hot tubs and decorative fountains. The risk of getting the disease is higher for people who are older and have compromised immune systems, which is why healthcare facilities are so often the source of outbreaks.
“As a company that has specialized in Legionella prevention and remediation for more than 20 years, we have long known the risks associated with these outbreaks, which are being identified more and more…