Title: Legionella in FM : Detection of Legionella pneumophila in waterlines of dental surgeries in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Authors : Leiblein, Thomas
Kroslakova, Ivana
Freimüller Leischtfeld, Susette
Fieseler, Lars
Hofer, Susanne
Proceedings: EuroFM Research Papers, Section 5, Development Papers
Pages : 26
Pages to: 33
Conference details: EuroFM Conference 2015, People Make Facilities Management, Glasgow, June 1–3, 2015
Editors of the parent work: Alexander, Keith
Price, Ilfryn
Publisher / Ed. Institution : European Facilities Management Network (EuroFM)
Issue Date: 2015
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Legionella
Subject (DDC) : 610: Medicine and health
658.2: Facility Management
Abstract: Facility management (FM) is present in healthcare. According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) guidelines, an organisation is obliged to take precautions to enable continuous business operation and reduce hazards. As FM organizations or facilities services are sometimes responsible for water systems, and hence in the reduction of hazards in this area, the FM’s role is vital for maintaining hygiene. Being healthcare providers, dental surgeries are subject to strict hygienic criteria. During treatment patients are consigned to the care of dentists. The instruments of a dental chair unit (DCU) operate with drinking water from a source. In the process of an implemented hygienic concept in the dental surgeries the care instruments get disinfected systematically. But the water system of the building itself allows limited access, and its hygienic status is not always documented well. As can be seen by this example, hygiene concepts potentially contain blind spots. As a result, not only patients but also medical staff might be exposed to hygienic hazards, which are meant to be reduced to a minimum. Contaminated water lines may cause certain diseases (e.g. Legionnaire’s Disease). Inevitably, the personnel responsible have to manage the facilities appropriately to reduce the risks of a contamination. Literature on Legionella suggests an urgent need to address the issue of Legionella in dental surgeries. This paper will highlight the issue of Legionella in dental surgeries and aims to detect potential hazards from the built environments’ hygiene with a focus on water lines. It will further draw attention to additional criteria relevant for FM and duty holders. During the case study, data was collected on Legionella contamination in dental surgeries' waterlines. Building and water lines of the DCUs were tested as well, in compliance with the Swiss drinking water ordinance. Appreciating the fact, that there was no pathogen Legionella pneumophila detected in all samples of the DCUs, the questions arises on the incident of a potential contamination of the facilities (building) water line system itself as well as on the duties of the stakeholders involved.
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation (ILGI)
Publication type: Conference Paper
ISSN: 2411-1791
URI: https://www.eurofm.org/index.php/eurofm-research-papers-2015/development-papers
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