PUZZLED BY BURKHOLDERIA? SEPT 15, 2021
Wednesday, September 15 @ Noon EDT
What is Burkholderia and why should you care? Transmission of Burkholderia cepacia has been reported from contaminated medicines and medical devices as well as person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated surfaces. Environmental monitoring for contamination of showers and sinks has been suggested. What’s more CMS expects Medicare and Medicare/Medicaid certified healthcare facilities to have water management policies and procedures to reduce the risk of growth and spread of Legionella and other opportunistic pathogens in building water systems. Toward that end, such facilities are required to conduct conducts a facility risk assessment to identify where Legionella and other opportunistic waterborne pathogens (e.g. Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, Burkholderia, Stenotrophomonas, nontuberculous mycobacteria, and fungi) could grow and spread in the facility water system. And implement a water management program?
Director of Laboratory Operations
Special Pathogens Laboratory
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