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Note that the current AAMI TIR34 guidance document for water in the sterile processing department will in the near future be replaced with a new standard, AAMI ST108: Water for the Processing of Reusable Medical Devices. AAMI ST108 standard is currently under development and will provide guidance on appropriate water system design, monitoring, testing, and maintenance. Click here for more information on water management for medical device reprocessing.
Importance of Alignment with Industry Guidance
Ensuring your water management program (WMP) is in alignment with industry guidance can be challenging, confusing, and an overwhelming task. Regulations, standards, and laws associated with building water management are continuously evolving. It is important to understand what actions your facility’s WMP and water management team (WMT) members need to perform to mitigate the risk of waterborne pathogens, including Legionella, to protect the health and safety of building occupants. A cross-disciplinary WMT can effectively and efficiently build a robust WMP. When the WMT is empowered with adequate resources (labor and tools), they will be able to collaborate, document, verify and validate an effective WMP. Through data collection and management, comprehensive and defensible WMPs allow building owners to make proactive, evidence-based decisions for facility water safety which in turn reduces risk and increases occupant safety in your building.
Depending upon your organization’s familiarity with water management programs for building water systems, you might need to self-educate and train your WMT members on foundational information prior to the implementation of a WMP.
Effective January 1, 2022, The Joint Commission has approved a new standard on water management programs that addresses Legionella and other waterborne pathogens, EC 02.05.02, which includes EPs 1-4. The new requirements align with what has already been in place with ANSI/ASHRAE 188 and the CDC Toolkit. If your organization does not have a WMP, you will need to develop one. If your organization already has a WMP, review it with the newly identified EPs to ensure that each is met. EP1 focuses on the formation of a Water Management Team responsible for the oversight of a WMP; EP2 refers to WMP development; EP3 applies to WMP management; EP 4 is about WMP reassessment.
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