The Department of Health guidance HTM04-01 requires healthcare organisations to have an established Water Safety Group [WSG] and a defined Water Safety Plan [WSP].
The Water Safety Plan details how the organisation shall manage and minimise the risks to health from various aspects, ranging from clinical risks, microbial and chemical contamination, changes to the water system, resilience of the water supply etc.
One of the microbial risks associated with water is Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Below is a short video we have prepared on how to accurately take a water sample for Pseudomonas aeruginosa;
This Video Covers -
- What equipment is required to take a Pseudomonas sample
- How to take a water sample and swab sample
- Best practice to avoid contamination
For more details on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the Water Safety Plan please read our following blogs:
- I have a Pseudomonas aeruginosa count - what next?
- How do Legionella Risk Assessments fit in to my Water Safety Plan
- BS8680 Water Quality - Water Safety Plan - Code of Practice
- and our case study from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Risk Assessment reduces risk of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
If you have questions regarding the issues raised above or you would like to speak with one of our consultants, please click here to get in touch.
Editors Note: The information provided in this blog is correct at date of original publication - October 2018.
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