Guidance for neonatal units (NNUs) (levels 1, 2 & 3), adult and paediatric intensive care units (ICUs) in Scotland to minimise the risk of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection from water

Publication Date: 03 September 2018

This guidance:

  • Is designe​d to minimise the risk of infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.​

Is in addition to the extant:

  • The cont​rol of Legionella bacteria in water systems. Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L8).
  • The control of Legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems. HSG274 Part 2
  • Water safety for healthcare premises Part A: Design, installation and testing. SHTM 04-01
  • Water sources and potential infection risks to patients in high risk units – revised guidance. CEL 08(2013)

This guidance is due for review in July 2019. In the interim, a draft addendum ‘Pseudomonas aeruginosa routine water sampling in augmented care areas for NHSScotland’ has been devised to be used along with this guidance.​​


Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance