Not sure if you should use qPCR, the rapid molecular test used to detect Legionella? Is this the right test for you? Confused about false positives? Learn about the differences between Legionella culture, the gold standard, and qPCR. Get the pros and cons for both tests so you can determine what test is best for you
A Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak occurred in a level III NICU 28 private single bed unit after moving into a newly constructed building. Get lessons learned on the the importance of having a comprehensive water management plan and risk assessment, ensuring that temperature and water flow during construction is carefully managed, and why the Infection Control practitioner should be part of every stage of construction process.
COVID-19 has highlighted the risk of exposure to Legionella in schools. But the risk is not new. Like other buildings, schools can be colonized during dormant periods. Do children get Legionnaires’ disease? Find out who is at risk and why. Learn what measures can be taken to minimize risk in schools.
PUZZLED BY COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND WHERE TO START REGULATIONS: LESSONS LEARNED FROM VANCOUVER, SEPTEMBER 2
Certain types of water-using mechanical devices now require an Operating Permit in the City of Vancouver (Canada). As part of these Operating Permits, routine Legionella testing will soon be required to validate maintenance practices, and when exceedances occur, there will be mandatory corrective actions and notifications.
Got questions about Legionella? Get the answers you need to prevent outbreaks and save lives! Join us for a live Q&A with Dr. Janet E. Stout as she un-puzzles the Legionella puzzle!
Why include a professional responsible for infection prevention on your water management team? Here are just a few examples on why infection preventionists are essential team members: they inform the team on locations occupied by high-risk patients, and the procedures and medical devices that increase the growth of Legionella and other waterborne pathogens;
In January 2020, the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) released a new guideline titled, Legionellosis Guideline: Practices to Reduce the Risk of Legionellosis from Evaporative Heat Rejection Equipment Systems (GDL-159).