Customers who choose the remote water management options will receive an iPad to conduct facility assessments. AUGUST 31st, 2017 - LOMBARD, IL - LiquiTech, a pioneer in prevention and control of Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne infections, will now be offering water management consultative services in addition to both On-site and Remote Water Management packages, in response to facility and market demand. Since the release of the mandate from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 2, 2017, LiquiTech has helped inquiring facilities who are scrambling to become compliant. All of this before facilities face [...]
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If you've been asking yourself, why choose a copper silver ionization system... Historically, chlorine is often used as the default solution to eradicate Legionella bacteria, but facilities across the nation are realizing that their chlorine systems don't quite cut it. Residents and families are expressing concerns about the water safety at Orlando retirement community Westminster Towers, which tested positive for Legionella and reported a case of Legionnaires’ disease even after being flushed with chlorine in July. The water at the retirement community was reported as testing positive for Legionella even one month after the chlorine treatment. As a healthcare facility [...]
Nursing homes and hospitals need to do more to protect their patients from catching Legionnaires' disease from contaminated water systems in their buildings, federal health officials warned. An analysis of more than 2,800 cases of Legionnaires' that occurred in 2015 found that 553 definitely or possibly occurred in a health care facility such as a nursing home or a hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Sixty-six patients died from the disease. "It's widespread, it's deadly and it's preventable," says Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director. "This analysis has uncovered a problem [...]
The Centers for Disease Control is out with a new national study on Legionnaires' disease and health care facilities. It points to plumbing in hospital, nursing homes and other health care facilities as potential sources for the Legionnaires' disease. Click here to read the full article.
The CMS memo requires testing protocols for waterborne pathogens – but what does this mean? Protocol alone does not equal protection - you need to test your water, establish control measures and apply corrective actions Water testing protocol is a procedure outlining water testing requirements designed to help you understand when and where to conduct water testing as well as to answer specific water quality questions when needed. Having a protocol in place without water testing may not protect your facility from risk of waterborne pathogens, including Legionella. A proper water testing protocol will enable you to take proactive measures [...]
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) 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 in place that includes water testing and control measures. What is the CMS Memo? A directive issued requiring facilities to minimize the spread of Legionella and other waterborne pathogens (e.g., Pseudomonas, [...]