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On-site availability of Legionella testing in acute care hospitals, United States.

TitleOn-site availability of Legionella testing in acute care hospitals, United States.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGarrison LE, Shaw KMS, McCollum JT, Dexter C, Vagnone PMSnippes, Thompson JH, Giambrone G, White B, Thomas S, L Carpenter R, Nichols M, Parker E, Petit S, Hicks LA, Langley GE
JournalInfect Control Hosp Epidemiol
Volume35
Issue7
Pagination898-900
Date Published2014 Jul
ISSN1559-6834
KeywordsCross Infection, Environmental Monitoring, Hospitals, Humans, Legionella pneumophila, Legionnaires' Disease, Outsourced Services, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States
Abstract

We surveyed 399 US acute care hospitals regarding availability of on-site Legionella testing; 300 (75.2%) did not offer Legionella testing on site. Availability varied according to hospital size and geographic location. On-site access to testing may improve detection of Legionnaires disease and inform patient management and prevention efforts.

DOI10.1086/676871
Alternate JournalInfect Control Hosp Epidemiol
PubMed ID24915225