Reducing Legionella Risk
Use Nova’s Legionella pneumophila testing program for the CMS* requirement to reduce Legionella risk.
If you work in the healthcare field or any industry where large and/or complex water systems are used by the public, Legionella pneumophila—the bacteria known to cause Legionnaires’ Disease—can pose a serious threat. Maintaining the safety of your patients and customers is of utmost importance.
Nova’s Testing Standards
Accurate because it detects Legionella pneumophila when traditional culture methods do not
Compliant because it can be used for environmental testing as a part of a CMS-required water management plan to reduce the risk of growth and spread of Legionella
Accredited because Nova is a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality NELAP Recognized testing laboratory (#T104704289-17-13)
Fast because confirmed test results are available within 7 days
Consistent because Nova’s results are 99% reproducible and remove uncertainty about taking action
Relevant because it detects and quantifies the dangerous pathogen, Legionella pneumophila
Where Is Legionella Pneumophila Found?
Buildings most affected by the causative bacteria Legionella pneumophila include:
- Nursing Homes
- Veterans Administration Facilities and Hospitals
- Apartment Buildings
- Office Buildings
The most common sources of Legionella infections include:
- Potable water used for showering
- Cooling towers used in large air conditioning systems
- Decorative fountains
- Hot tubs
- Water heaters
How You Can Help
According to the Centers for Disease Control, reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States have grown almost four and a half times since 2000. The best defense against these bacteria is by conducting laboratory test procedures on a regular basis. Through routine Legionella pneumophila testing, you can ensure that outbreaks don’t occur under your watch.
Depending on your industry, location, and state laws, it may be mandatory to conduct regular Legionella pneumophila testing. The Veterans Health Administration and CMS, for example, require such microbial testing for healthcare facilities’ water systems.
Make a Water Management Plan
Implementing a water management plan is the first step towards helping to prevent Legionnaires’ disease, and part of that strategy should include routine Legionella pneumophila testing.
Nova Biologicals is the largest water testing laboratory in the southern United States. Our professional staff is well-versed in the requirements necessary to obtain accurate test results. If you’re ready to submit a sample, click the button below, or contact us to talk with an expert.