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CMS revises recent memo on requirements for reducing risk of Legionella infection

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, September 1, 2018

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Be prepared for renewed interest in your water management program and especially how it is designed to prevent the spread of Legionella infection. CMS just updated its memo from last year on requirements to reduce the risk of Legionnaire’s disease, in part to clarify expectations for hospitals and nursing homes.

The Legionella bacterium is responsible for legionellosis: a respiratory disease that can cause a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease, which kills about a quarter of the people who contract it. Legionellosis is especially dangerous for patients who are older than 50, who smoke, or who have chronic lung or immunosuppression conditions.

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