VA lapses cited in fatal Legionnaires' disease outbreak
An old article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 2/20/13. Google the title to get the full article. Here is the first paragraph.
The Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Healthcare System had its first real chance to put an end to an outbreak of Legionella in its water system in July 2011, when its first patient died of the infection.
But because of shortcomings by its infection-control, laboratory and engineering and plumbing staffs, another 16 months would pass and four more deaths would be linked to the outbreak before the VA publicly declared it had a problem in November 2012, according to internal VA documents and a VA official who is not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
The outbreak that eventually sickened 21 patients, killing at least five people, is the focus of congressional and VA inspector general investigations.
Thanks for posting that. The article says that one of the men that died contracted Legionella not in the VA hospital but at a nearby VA nursing home. There must be thousands of facilities that need this filter.
This is one topic that I've talked to Nephros about, and one I believe that they are trying to bring to the fore. In this sue happy nation, one outbreak of this in the hospital system would bring massive litigation. Can they afford that? I don't think so.
This could be a $100M-$1B dollar opportunity. World wide conversions could add up fast. Do they have a patent on these filters? Mandates get implemented quickly and since they had another outbreak of this disease, they will need to address. Word of this spreads fast. It will cost more to defend a lawsuit, then implement a filtering program.
This is one of the smartest message boards. Every stone is turned over. Great DD. TY.