The Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is exploring options to eliminate Legionella bacteria from its water supply. The hospital found the bacteria in two water tanks earlier this year, and has since taken steps to keep patients safe. Hospital officials shut down sources of drinking water in several floors of its main inpatient facility after Legionella cultures were positive, and it increased the frequency of testing in high-risk units.
The hospital has now largely returned to its normal water treatment system, though officials are continuing to test drinking water and are considering an overhaul of the existing water treatment system. The cancer and transplant wards are receiving particular attention from officials and regular tests are continuing there. Cancer and transplant patients are often at especially high risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease due to immunosuppressant drugs or otherwise compromised immune systems. The hospital has been following CDC recommendations and is taking precautions despite no cases having been reported.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.