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New Study demonstrates accuracy of Legionella detection test

Legionnaires’ disease cases have gone up by 400% in the last 14 years and healthcare facilities are increasingly on the hook to reduce their patients’ risk from this potentially deadly but highly preventable form of pneumonia. Regular testing for Legionella pneumophila is the only way to be certain that a water management plan is working properly to prevent patient exposure.

What kind of Legionella testing method should a facility have as part of its water management plan? A recent study concludes that one testing method has superior accuracy. This next generation culture method, Legiolert®, developed by IDEXX, was significantly better at finding L. pneumophila. In fact, the older ISO 17731-2 method was 200% more likely (than Legiolert) to miss samples positive for the pathogen. The accuracy of the Legiolert test matters because of the high potential costs of missing L. pneumophila in a building’s water system.

Read the remainder of the article, New study demonstrates accuracy of Legionella detection test, on the Healthcare Facilities Today website.