Legionnaires’ Disease Likely Underdiagnosed in Healthcare Facilities
Our Point-of-Use Water Filters Offer Immediate Support
In the United States the number of cases of Legionnaires’ Disease reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been on the rise since 2000 and has grown nearly nine times since then. Health departments reported nearly 10,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States in 2018. However, because Legionnaires’ disease is likely underdiagnosed, this number may underestimate the true incidence.1
But it’s not just about Legionella: many waterborne pathogens of concern in healthcare are Gram-negative bacteria. This might include Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella spp., Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) and Acinetobacter baumannii. Others can be fungi, like Fusarium spp. or Aspergillus spp. Most of these organisms do not need to be reported to infection-monitoring bodies, but they can still be quite common, impact the duration of patient stays and add to overall healthcare costs.
How Point-of-Use Water Filtration Can Help
Our Point-of-Use Water Filters offer an immediate, and easy to use solution for safe, microbiologically controlled water at the point-of-use.
We have a unique portfolio of water filtration solutions from point-of-entry to point-of-use to support the management of healthcare and non-healthcare water distribution systems.
Our Point-of-Use disposable water filters are validated for absolute retention of numerus waterborne pathogens including Legionella spp., Pseudomonas spp., Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) and fungi and provide microbiologically controlled water at the point-of-use.
Our Pall Medical Scientific and Laboratory Services (SLS) provide application-adapted testing and site survey support to meet individual customers‘ needs.
1 CDC (2018). History, Burden, and Trends [Online]. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/about/history.html (Accessed: 27 March 2021)
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