“During 2017, in the United States, nearly 7,000 annual total deaths were documented for 13 diseases caused by pathogens that can be transmitted by water* (Waterborne Pathogens).
“Of the 6,939 deaths, 91% were associated with three environmental pathogens that can grow in water system biofilms: Legionella (Legionnaires’ disease) (250 deaths), nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection (1,216 deaths), and Pseudomonas-related pneumonia (1,618 deaths) or septicemia (3,217 deaths)” **
All patients are at risk for HAIs. Elderly, immunocompromised and young children are particularly susceptible to HAIs. Additional risk factors include exposure to healthcare workers who do not wash their hands or are ill, indwelling medical devices, ice, and, faucet and shower water.”