Patients at Kerry General Hospital in Tralee, Ireland were considered to be in “immediate and high risk of infection” for Legionnaires’ disease due to the state of hospital facilities.
A surprise inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) found operating theaters in a dilapidated state having not been upgraded since 1985.
Health inspectors warned the hospital about the threat of Legionella bacteria through water the water supply and that testing should be annually and independently reviewed biennially. Inspectors revealed that Kerry General Hospital had never performed testing or had a formal site risk assessment for Legionella.
“Kerry General Hospital did not have robust mechanisms in place to provide assurance that potential risks in relation to Legionella in the hospital water system had been effectively assessed, identified and managed,” said a HIQA representative.
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