Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Risk Assessment - Tetra Consulting Ltd

Water Hygiene

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Risk Assessment

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunist pathogen that can contaminate tap outlets and have serious health issues for susceptible patients in certain circumstances.

In 2012, the Department of Health issued a guidance document for managing Pseudomonas aeruginosa in augmented care units of healthcare premises. This was issued in response to an outbreak in a Belfast Hospital Neonatal Unit which resulted in a number of infant deaths. The guidance document led to a published addendum to HTM04-01, in March 2013, giving specific advice relating to Pseudomonas aeruginosa for Augmented Care units.

The HTM04-01 Addendum advises on a number of tasks to be undertaken and criteria to be met in the designated Augmented Care Units. Tetra Consulting has experience in providing the following services to assist a Healthcare Trust:

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa Risk Assessments in the designated Augmented Care areas
  • The preparation of a Water Safety Plan (WSP) for the organism and water systems in general
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa sampling in line with the guidance, in the Augmented Care areas
  • Independent and ongoing advice on moving towards compliance with the guidance