Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection from Water Systems in Healthcare Facilities 2015
In 2012, the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) proposed that a sub-committee be established to produce national guidelines on the prevention and control of infection associated with water systems in healthcare facilities.
This document represents the expert opinion of the HPSC SAC sub-committee on the prevention and control of infection associated with water systems in healthcare facilities, following a review of relevant legislation, scientific literature and an extensive consultation process.
Key recommendations requiring action are highlighted at the beginning of this document and individually at the beginning of each of the five chapters. Personnel with responsibility for implementation of each recommendation are identified, where possible. It is acknowledged that the infrastructure and water systems in some healthcare facilities may be sub-optimal.
It is also acknowledged that some aspects of the recommendations may be challenging to implement. Nonetheless, the recommendations represent current best practice. Where there are difficulties with full implementation, these should be highlighted locally and to the Health Service Executive (if a HSE-funded institution), so that measures are taken to ensure implementation.