Water Management: Why Identifying Potential Risks Supersedes Testing
Essentially, the CMS is requiring Medicare-certified healthcare facilities to implement water management policies and procedures to reduce the potential risk of Legionella (and other waterborne pathogens). The water management program should consider the ASHRAE 188 Standard and the CDC Toolkit.
Why "Hot" Water for Hand Washing in Hospitals is Often More Harmful & Expensive
Heated water is NOT needed for hand washing. Due to wide-spread conservation measures, the heated water is more susceptible to stagnation, causing (sometimes) deathly waterborne pathogens. Healthcare facilities should be able to make their own informed decision on water temperature for hand washing.