Eliot Axelrod

August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian and the Threat of Waterborne Pathogens such as Legionella

August 30, 2019 – Today Dorian is a Category 3 Hurricane in the Carribean.  It’s threatening to strengthen to a Category 4. According to the National Hurricane Center, in three days it’s forecast to hit the east coast of Florida. It will bring wind, rain, storm surge, and flooding along its path. Disease may follow.   A 2007 scientific paper tied increased rain, flooding, and humidity to a higher risk of Legionellosis. (See reference below) […]
August 27, 2019

The Water Management Plan, the EWSP , and Point of Use Filters – How they relate to each other

An Emergency Water Supply Plan is mandated as part of an overall Emergency Operating Plan both by the Joint Commission in (42 CFR 482.41), and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare in EM.02.02.09. Consider applying the principles of the EWSP described in the guidelines put together by the CDC, the EPA, and the AWWA to your Water Management Plan. The Emergency/Contingency section of a Water Management Plan is driven by one class of serious situation; […]
August 20, 2019

For Nursing Homes Only: Your Water Management Plan and Emergency Water Supply Plan -What Nursing Homes Should Know

As a nursing home director, you can address the risk of Legionella through the development of a Water Management Plan. The general plan and the subsection devoted to emergency action (Emergency/Contingency Section) is usually the main focus for an institution’s risk reduction efforts. Although they are the current standard for preparing your strategy and tactics, it pays to take a broader perspective and to compare that section with your organization’s Emergency Water Supply Plan (EWSP). […]
August 19, 2019

WMP, EWSP, and POU – how these three acronyms relate to each other

If you’re concerned with managing the risk of Legionella in a Healthcare Facility or Hospital, creating and maintaining your Water Management Plan and its accompanying Emergency Contingency section is your main focus. Although they are the current standard for preparing your strategy and tactics, it pays to take a broader perspective and to compare that section with your organization’s Emergency Water Supply Plan.   The Emergency contingency section is driven by one class of serious […]
July 11, 2019

AquaMedix in Puerto Rico

AquaMedix’s mission is to catch the bacteria in drinking water before they sicken people. Most of the time we’re focused on helping the immuno-compromised, the elderly, and other high-risk populations. Controlling waterborne pathogens is also valuable when safe drinking water is scarce. It’s an unspoken assumption in the US that safe drinking water is freely available at any time to anyone. Hurricane Maria turned that assumption on its head when it barreled through Puerto Rico. […]
June 3, 2019

Protecting against Legionella – Make your Water Management Plan a living document

Water Management Plans are hard work done by busy people. It is tempting to think of a plan as a final product. Unfortunately, no plan is perfect. A WMP should be updated annually and in response to new developments. Things change outside a facility and inside. Municipal water supplies can be fouled or changed. Floods and droughts can affect water quality. Local construction can dislodge bacteria. Facilities are regularly renovated, added to and mothballed. Protecting […]
March 22, 2019

Legionella outbreaks peak nationally from June through September – Time to look at your WMP

March 22, 2019 – While Water Hygiene is an ever-present need, the incidence of Legionella outbreaks peaks during the summer. That makes the spring a great time to review and revise your Water Management Plan.In line with current Industry thinking, we believe it is vital (and in some cases legally required) to have a Water Management Plan. At the very least, having an emergency contingency plan is a good stop gap while you complete a […]
March 15, 2019

A Few Thoughts about Controlling the Risk of Legionella

A few thoughts about controlling the risks of waterborne pathogens, specifically Legionella In the US, drinking water supplies are thought of as the safest in the world. However, like anywhere else, the water can be contaminated and requires the appropriate water treatment methods to remove disease-causing agents. Common forms of waterborne pathogens and bacteria are cryptosporidium, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Giardia intestinalis, Legionella and other pathogens. Municipal and public drinking water systems use various methods […]