Crucial Components of Diminishing Risk of Legionella in Hospitals
With the recent reports of Legionella in the news, many hospital facility managers wonder if an outbreak could happen at their hospital. It can. Fourteen U.S. hospitals experienced Legionella outbreaks from 1981-96, proving it is quite possible.
The following environments in healthcare facilities offer the ideal environment for Legionella growth:
- Potable water system and outlets. These include the incoming service, water tanks, water softener, showers, and faucets.
- Cooling tower and condenser water systems, including chillers, the tower basin and sump.
- Evaporative air coolers, misters and humidifiers.