Legionella Awareness

Legionella Awareness

Course Aim

Legionella is a bacterium which causes Legionellosis, a collective term for illnesses which include Legionnaires’ Disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and Pontiac Fever, a mild flu-like illness. Although the bacteria are common, in low numbers, in natural water sources, outbreaks of the illness are more common where the bacteria have grown in purpose built water systems. Awareness of the illnesses and how they are transmitted can support us in reducing the risk to people we support. Control of legionella risk is a requirement of registration with the relevant inspectorate for care services.


Course content

Risk factors and transmission.
Health and safety legislation.
Symptoms and treatment of Legionnaires disease.
Symptoms and treatment of Pontiac fever.
Control measures.
Record keeping.

learning outcomes

Understand what Legionella is.
Understand the risk factors and how it is transmitted.
Identify symptoms and treatments for Legionnaires’ Disease and Pontiac fever.
Understand the risk assessment process.
Identify common control measures to reduce the risk.

delivery styles

This course can help you to reduce risks improve care help others ...

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