Tucson VA Receives Latest Legionella Test Results October 25, 2016 - Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
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Tucson VA Receives Latest Legionella Test Results October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016

TUCSON, AZ – The Tucson VA’s latest Legionella testing indicated positive presence of Legionella in two inpatient rooms in Building 38 Ward 3 East. As a precaution, Tucson VA leadership will temporarily close the Building 38 Ward 3 East to take immediate remediation steps, which includes hyperchlorinating the water distribution pipes and re-testing the rooms until there is confirmation that water samples are negative for Legionella.

Patients currently in Building 38 Ward 3 East will be moved to another inpatient ward within the Tucson VA campus. Staff are fully prepared to move the patients, and the move will have no impact to the quality of patient care. The closure is expected to last approximately 3 weeks.  

The Tucson VA has a zero tolerance policy for Legionella bacteria and tests for it quarterly. The test samples are processed by Phigenics Analytics Services Laboratory who is certified to conduct the Legionella testing.

The safety of our staff and patients is our most important priority at the Tucson VA.  We will continue to closely monitor our water quality to ensure we maintain a safe environment for our Veterans and staff at the Tucson VA campus.

It is important to note that Legionella is present in natural and artificial water environments worldwide. Person-to-person transmission of Legionella disease does not occur.  The water conditions at the Tucson VA have not caused any infections in either patients or staff.

We will provide updates as more information becomes available. The new test results are anticipated within 14 days.

For media inquiries, please contact the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) Public Affairs office at (520) 629-1819.