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Training Name

CMS Legionella and Other Waterborne Pathogens Webinar - Archived

Training Description

This CMS Legionella and Other Waterborne Pathogens Webinar intends to provide information related to Legionella and other recognized waterborne opportunistic pathogens associated with disease outbreaks in health care facilities. The webinar, led by Karen Hoffman, Infection Preventionist and consultant to the Survey and Certification Group at CMS, reviews nationally accepted standards of practice from expert organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to prevent infections due to opportunistic waterborne pathogens from facility premise plumbing.

This webinar is provided for surveyors to assess hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing homes on their policies and procedures for water management implementation. Policies and procedures must include a facility risk assessment, water management program, and testing protocols. The webinar intends to help clarify what surveyors should assess and which elements contribute to an effective water management plan.

Video Duration: 46 minutes

Completion Requirements: After reviewing the CMS Legionella and Other Waterborne Pathogens Webinar video, the CMS-approved training evaluation must be completed to generate a certificate of completion.

Training CEUs: N/A

Email for Questions: The video is available on-demand online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For all technical issues and those requiring an urgent response, such as accessing the video, email; for all content-related questions, email or All other comments or questions can be submitted during the training using the comment tool.

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