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Addendum to guidance for healthcare providers on managing Pseudomonas published

Further to the issuing of practical technical guidance ‘Water sources and potential Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination of taps and water systems – Advice for augmented care units’ in March 2012, an addendum to Health Technical Memorandum 04-01 is being published today.

The document is concerned with controlling and minimising the risk of morbidity and mortality due to P. aeruginosa associated with water outlets and provides guidance on:

  • forming a Water Safety Group and developing water safety plans
  • assessing the risk to patients when water systems become contaminated with P. aeruginosa or other opportunistic pathogens
  • remedial actions to take when a water system become contaminated with P. aeruginosa
  • protocols for sampling, testing and monitoring water for P. aeruginosa

The guidance is directed towards healthcare organisations providing patient care in augmented care settings, and is specifically aimed at estates and facilities departments, and infection prevention and control teams

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