Water Management Plan for Legionella
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What is a Water Management Plan for Legionella?
A Water Management Plan for Legionella is a risk assessment, designed to better ensure the safety of your residents and to keep your facility compliant. The Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires Medicare certified healthcare facilities have a water management plan to reduce risks associated with Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.
Legionella is a growing concern for long term care communities, often due to the susceptibility of the resident population, water temperatures, the age of the building, and the fluctuation of occupied areas, conditions can be optimal for amplification of Legionella bacteria that can infect susceptible residents leading to legionellosis, or Legionnaire’s Disease, which is a deadly type of pneumonia.
Armstrong Nutrition has partnered with CWM Environmental, a leading water management and accredited legionella testing company to assist healthcare facilities in developing legionella water management plans. The partnership provides access to water management experts, and gives us the ability to set-up annual water tests.
Developing a Management Plan
We develop a comprehensive plan with detailed documentation, and recommended actions. The plans are well detailed, to meet the complex needs of government surveyors. Our plans include:
- Building / Facility Water System Review
- Identifying High Risk Areas
- Creating a Water Flow Map
- Identifying Control Measures
- Implement Monitoring Process
- Corrective Actions
- Testing Plan to Ensure Safety
Reviewing the Plan
We can help you create or review plans from a surveyor’s perspective. Kathryn Turner RD, MBA, a former State Surveyor Supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health is the member of the ANM team who reviews the water management plans. She is certified as Long Term Care Basic Surveyor by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Her 20 years of experience, allows us to ensure your plan is reviewed and critiqued, against a series of components, that state surveyors will look for in and acceptable plan.
The only way to validate your plan is to test for Legionella. We recommend semi-annual testing in strategic locations through out your facility. Testing for Legionella is a critical component in helping keep your facility safe. Learn more about legionella testing services.
Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made water systems. Legionella bacteria are common in many water supplies in small numbers and likely do NO harm. However, if conditions are optimal for amplification, Legionella bacteria can then infect susceptible residents leading to Legionnaire’s Disease. Transmission of Legionella can happen when small droplets of water containing the bacteria are breathed in when using water fixtures like sinks and showers.