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Q&A: Water fixture maintenance

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, January 28, 2021

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by Brian Ward

Showerheads, faucets, and spigots: Maintaining them and keeping them operating smoothly is key to both savings for your healthcare facility and care quality for your patients.

Plus, if you don’t, CMS, accrediting organizations, and other regulatory agencies will come at you hard.  

To talk about the physical and mechanical maintenance of healthcare water fixtures, we spoke with Charles Bragdon, founder and president of the California-based Water Saver Solutions, which works with healthcare systems to improve water savings, efficiency, and quality. His company also offers fixture-specific information and services at https://fixturecare.com.

This Q&A has been lightly edited for clarity.

Q: What factors determine how often a fixture needs to be cleaned or replaced? And at a minimum, how often should water fixtures be cleaned? 

Bragdon: We work in some very old hospitals, with some buildings built in the 1960s era. Some of these buildings haven’t seen very many renovations, so those fixtures that we encounter sometimes are very old. But those fixtures are still serviceable as long as they’re mechanically usable. We are able to clean them and retrofit our antimicrobial laminar [devices] on the faucets, and each year we go in and maintain that device. So, it’s really a mechanical issue more than anything else

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