Environment of Care, Construction and Remediation
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Preparing for a CMS and/or The Joint Commission inspection now includes a review of your facility’s water management program (WMP) and most facilities are currently struggling with preparing programs and documents that will satisfy these new requirements.
This session is directed at the IP familiar with waterborne pathogens, including Legionella, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), and will focus specifically on the rapidly changing risk and liability landscape on this growing problem for healthcare facilities.
This session will examine the legal requirements to meet the evidence-based standard of care pertaining to control of waterborne pathogens and the necessity to incorporate technologies proven to prevent contamination into a WMP. Participants will identify key elements which must be addressed in their WMP to meet CMS or The Joint Commission requirements, including a discussion of legally defensible risk containment in the event of a documented outbreak.
Controversial issues such as water testing for Legionella and developing IPC strategies to reduce risk and liability for patient exposure to waterborne pathogens from heater/cooler devices will also be addressed.