Sucess­ful de­con­tam­i­na­tion at CHUS

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The re­sults of the tests done on the wa­ter sys­tem in wing 5 of the CHUS Fleu­ri­mont, fol­low­ing an out­break of Le­gion­naire’s Dis­ease which re­sulted in the death of a pa­tient, in­di­cate that the de­con­tam­i­na­tion pro­ce­dure was suc­cess­ful.

Now that cor­rec­tive mea­sures have been taken, the CHUS man­age­ment as­sures the pop­u­la­tion that their main­te­nance pro­ce­dures and surveil­lance will be adapted to the rec­om­men­da­tions of the ex­perts so a sit­u­a­tion like the one that just oc­curred would not be re­peated.

After rec­om­men­da­tions from the ex­perts, the wa­ter net­work in wing 6 un­der­went a de­con­tam­i­na­tion process even though no cases of Le­gionella pneu­mophilia were re­ported in that wing. Some of the de­part­ments housed in wing 6 in­clude the main op­er­a­tion rooms, the emer­gency room and a por­tion of the ex­ter­nal clin­ics. Once com­pleted, wing 4 will also un­dergo a de­con­tam­i­na­tion process as a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure.

The wa­ter in the wa­ter sys­tems of the CHUS at Fleu­ri­mont and Ho­tel Dieu, once kept at 55 de­grees Cel­sius, will now be kept at 60 de­grees Cel­sius.

The Estrie pub­lic health depart­ment ( Di­rec­tion de la santé publique de l’Estrie) will re­veal the con­clu­sions of their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into all cases of pneu­mo­nia pos­si­bly caught at the CHUS in the last six months as soon as they are finalized.

The risk of con­tract­ing Le­gion­naire’s Dis­ease is low for peo­ple in good health since it is not con­ta­gious. It is an ill­ness caused by the Le­gionella pneu­mophilia bac­te­ria, a bac­te­ria that is eas­ily found in the en­vi­ron­ment, mostly in ar­ti­fi­cial hot wa­ter sources (be­tween 25 and 42 de­grees Cel­sius): tap wa­ter, wa­ter heaters, inside shower heads, air con­di­tion­ing wa­ter tow­ers, etc. It is caught only by breath­ing con­tam­i­nated wa­ter droplets (sus­pended in the air) that con­tain the bac­te­ria into the lungs. Peo­ple with weak im­mune sys­tems are par­tic­u­larly at risk to con­tract the dis­ease.

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