In the world of healthcare facility management, ensuring patient safety is critical. One growing concern is the risk of a Legionella outbreak.
To bolster defenses against this perilous waterborne pathogen, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced new standards that came into effect on January 1, 2022. These standards, known as EC.02.05.02, EPs 1–4, are designed to prevent and manage Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. They are now mandatory for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Nursing Care Facilities.
The devastating consequences of a Legionella outbreak extend beyond the physical health of affected individuals. For instance, such outbreaks can inflict severe financial and reputational damage on the organizations responsible for the exposure. With the new CMS standards (EC.02.05.02, EPs 1–4) already in effect, it’s crucial for facilities to assess their preparedness and strategies to prevent Legionella proliferation.
In order to align with the Joint Commission’s CMS standards (EC.02.05.02, EPs 1–4), healthcare facilities need to consider partnering with certified Legionella Water Safety & Management professionals. This is where U.S. Water steps in. Our team comprises highly trained laboratory technicians ready to guide your facility through the compliance process outlined by the new standards.
U.S. Water is a trusted partner in water system management and Legionella testing. We operate the only privately-owned on-site CDC Elite certified lab in Wisconsin. Because we offer both on-location and shipped sampling options, we are able to serve facilities across the state. Whether you need a robust Legionella management plan, water sampling, testing, or remediation strategies, U.S. Water has the expertise to meet all your needs.
With a rich history spanning over half a decade in Legionella management, the U.S. Water Labs Team fully comprehends the gravity of this dangerous pathogen. Despite the urgency, it’s not uncommon to find healthcare facilities operating without a comprehensive water management or testing plan, leaving them vulnerable to potential outbreaks.
The time to act is now. Don’t wait to safeguard your facility against risks or settle for a Legionella Management Plan or Testing Agreement with a company that lacks a secure chain of custody. Partner with U.S. Water today – a reliable ally equipped to guide you through the compliance process, provide expert testing, and offer solutions tailored to your specific needs.
Contact U.S. Water today and take the proactive steps necessary to protect your facility, patients, and reputation from the threat of Legionella outbreaks.