Prevention and Control of Infection from Water Systems in Healthcare Facilities Sub-Committee

The Prevention and Control of Infection from Water Systems in Healthcare Facilities Sub-Committee of the HPSC Scientific Advisory Committee has prepared Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection from Water Systems in Healthcare Facilities. 

Sub-Committee Terms of Reference & Membership

The purpose of this guidance is to provide advice on the following:

  1. The environmental (water) controls required in all healthcare facilities to prevent health-care associated infection from water sources
  2. Risk assessment needs to be in place in augmented care units to prevent infection from water sources
  3. A quality managed water system to be implemented in healthcare facilities to prevent infection from water sources including bottled water.
  4. Advice on routine sampling and testing of water systems in healthcare facilities Surveillance and actions required in healthcare facilities if healthcare-associated infection from water sources is suspected

Dr Susan Knowles (Chair), Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists
Professor David Coleman, Dublin Dental Hospital
Dr Sinead Donohue, RCPI Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Dr Mary Hickey, Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists
Ms Mary McKenna, Infection Prevention Society
Dr Eleanor McNamara, Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists
Mr Pat Mulhare, Academy of Medical Laboratory Science
Dr John Murphy, RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics
Dr Joan O’Donnell, Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Mr Sean O'Shaughnessy, Irish Dental Association
Mr Brendan Redington, HSE-Estates
Ms Denise Ryan, Environmental Health Officers’ Association
Dr Mary Ward, RCPI Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Last updated: 30 July 2013