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Waterborne Infection Prevention
Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI's) are still an issue per the CDC report "National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report"
Waterborne Infections are increasing (e.g. Legionella)
6,939 annual total deaths (2017) were documented for 13 diseases caused by pathogens that can be transmitted by water.
91% of these deaths were associated with 3 environmental pathogens that can grow in water system biofilms. - "Legionella, NTM, and Pseudomonas"
The US has an aging population with increasing susceptibility to infection. - CDC "An Aging Nation: Projected Number of Children and Older Adults"
3 Reasons to Implement a Waterborne
Infection Prevention Program
All healthcare providers should try to meet the industry standard and CDC recommendations for Legionella Management by implementing some form of waterborne infection prevention program. These programs can include:
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