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Review your water management plan as CMS intensifies focus on Legionella

Medical Environment Update, November 1, 2018

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 A good water management plan begins with your facilities management team and a solid risk assessment of your water distribution and storage systems, which must include a walk-through of your hospital with your onsite plumbing expert.

CMS recently updated a memo to its survey teams on reducing the risk of Legionella to specifically note that facilities must have a water management plan that surveyors can review. That plan should be written and managed by a multidisciplinary committee of people from throughout the hospital with a stake in water use, says Bryan Connors, MS, CIH, HEM, the Healthcare Practice Director at Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., in Newton, Mass. Connors is certified as both an industrial hygienist and a healthcare environmental manager and works as a consultant for hospitals and other facilities, including the management of water systems.

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