Apr 19, 2018

NSF Intl. Partnership to Prevent Legionella in Healthcare Facilities

The partnership between NSF International and Homeyer Consulting seeks to offer hospitals special service to control Legionella

NSF partners on legionella prevention in healthcare facilities

NSF International has partnered with Homeyer Consulting Services Inc. to provide healthcare facilities with specialized water systems management services to control Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.

The partnership will help hospitals and other healthcare facilities better manage their water systems, meet government requirements and protect patients from waterborne illnesses such as Legionnaires' disease.

The partnership will support hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare facilities in meeting a U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement to reduce the risk of the potentially deadly Legionella bacteria and other pathogens in their water systems. The federal mandate applies to more than 20,000 healthcare facilities.

Hospital water systems are complex, touching everything from massive cooling towers to tiny medical devices, and the partnership provides the healthcare industry with all-encompassing services to identify, control, monitor and verify that waterborne pathogen risks are being managed.

NSF International, an independent organization founded in 1944, is developing the first standard to comprehensively address Legionella and other waterborne pathogens, as well as chemical and physical hazards, in building water systems. The standard, NSF 444: Prevention of Injury and Disease Associated with Building Water Systems, is being developed in collaboration with more than 100 industry, academic and healthcare experts. The standard is expected to be finalized and published in 2018.