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How healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of patient exposure to Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease cases have gone up by 400 percent in the last 14 years. Healthcare facilities are increasingly on the hook to reduce their patients’ risk from this potentially deadly form of pneumonia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9 out of 10 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are preventable.1 New standards, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) requirements, news coverage, legal battles, and million-dollar fines are making it clear that facility executives and managers are responsible for taking adequate prevention measures. In fact, with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionella water safety management programs are now an industry standard for large buildings, including most healthcare facilities in the United States.2

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