Hospitals in Ireland are being helped by the technological advantages of remote monitoring. Due to the high level of contagiousness that the COVID-19 virus has, the “paitentMpower” helps provide a suitable and innovative hospital avoidance solution.

The digital health firm developed a remote monitoring solution on behalf of the Irish HSE. The technology enables the monitoring of patients that are displaying mild or moderate symptoms of the virus and that are self-isolating.

The remote monitoring technology is already actively being used in hospitals, with more than 50 patients being monitored for the virus. The COVID-19 patient app works by linking to a wireless pulse oximeter device, this measures a patients’ oxygen saturation, a key indication for respiratory issues. Patients are also using the app to record their level of breathlessness, as well as temperatures and any other symptoms that they are experiencing.

The Information that is captured then becomes immediately available for health service staff to view in a secure portal, from here they can take the appropriate actions and decisions about care.

In addition to this, the tech company are also offering a separate "hospital avoidance" remote monitoring platform, devised to help Irish healthcare organisations provide care to patients that have underlying respiratory conditions, and because of this, are at high risk of having complications if they were to contract the virus.

If you are a landlord of a property or multiple properties, it's very important that you understand that you have a duty of care in regards to keeping your tenants safe.

Whether you are renting out a residential house, a flat, a room, a commercial property, or even simply an Airbnb on a short term basis, you have a duty of care.

Risks of legionella in domestic properties are generally low, this because of the regular usage of water systems and also because cold water tends to come directly from the mains supply.

However, legionella bacteria will grow and thrive in certain temperatures, these temperatures have been found to be between 20 – 45 °C. The bacteria will remain dormant below 20 °C and die when the temperature is above 60 °C.

The water in most domestic properties tends to be either too hot or too cold for legionella bacteria to survive in. However, regular testing is still advised.

With that being said, there are extra precautions that need to be taken in certain circumstances. For example, if your property has been left unattended and unoccupied for a lengthy period of time, there could be an increased risk, especially when left unattended in hot seasons like summer. A flushing out of all systems is advised before you offer up your property to any new tenants.

We’d also suggest that you educate tenants on how they can protect themselves against legionella, as they too have a responsibility to their own health by preventing legionella. If tenants experience any problems with hot water in the property they should contact their landlord immediately. A simple step that they can take is to regularly clean shower heads and taps, removing any limescale build up and promoting clear flow of water.

The law has its own straight forward steps to take for landlords when tackling legionella.

3 steps landlords must take:

1. Conduct legionella risk assessment

2. Ensure that all tenants are protected from the risks of legionella

3. Implement necessary measures that reduce the risks of legionella

It is not a legal requirement to produce a legionella water sample test certificate, however, a landlord may be liable to prosecution under the HSWA if a tenant were to contract Legionnaires’ disease from the water system in their property. As the responsible landlord you would then have to provide evidence in court that you had fulfilled your legal responsibility under both HSWA, and COSHH.

If you are a commercial landlord or property owner and require a legionella risk assessment, make sure that you contact us today on 01604 696113.

From there we can provide you with a free no obligation quotation for a survey. Upon inspection, we can then implement the best legionella remote monitoring system, to enhance how you monitor and manage the safety of the water systems that you are responsible for.

In this post we are going to look at the dangers of Legionella and the steps that can be taken to reduce the negative impact that legionella can have on your building, your water systems, and the occupants within your building.

Legionella thrives in specific conditions, by having an effective water management system in place, you will significantly reduce the chances of legionella growth and occupants contracting legionnaires disease.

Fortunately there are simple steps, including consulting a professional, that can help contribute to the reduction of legionella presence at your commercial premises. These can be found below.

Making sure that records are up to date - keep a record of your maintenance in a log book.

Preparing a written scheme - by preparing a written scheme of how you are going to best manage your water system maintenance, this is good practice for eradicating legionella.

Updating your risk assessment - it is universally suggested that risk assessments are to be carried out at least on a 2 yearly basis.

Adjusting of water systems temperature - ensuring that your water temperature for both cold and hot water systems are kept at the required level is vital. Hot water outlets are to be above 50° and cold water outlets are to be kept below 20°.

Regular removal of lime scale - if lime scale is left to to grow and build up on shower heads for example, this can lead to legionella growth, so it is important to take steps to remove lime scale from your shower heads on a regular basis.

Regular removal of dead led pipework - this is part of your ongoing maintenance and is integral for ensuring that pipes are maintained for prevention of legionella growth.

Flushing of systems weekly - ensuring that all water systems that are infrequently used and could become ideal conditions for legionella growth are flushed regularly, at least once a week is key to the prevention of legionella.

If you require any commercial services from us, whether it be Legionella Remote Monitoring, Remote Monitoring, or any other service that we supply throughout the UK, please contact us today - 01604 696113.