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Healthcare Associated Infections

Minimising the risk of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and other waterborne outbreaks

NES and HPS have produced an educational resource providing practical demonstrations and explanations of procedures taken to minimise the risk of waterborne infections and outbreaks.

The target audience for the video is doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, domestics and estates and facilities staff.

The video builds on the guidance issued by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to assist healthcare staff in the prevention of these types of infection. This video contains demonstrations and explanations by clinical staff in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Neonatal Unit (NNU) of procedures taken to minimise risk of waterborne infections such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

The content covers the six critical control points as described by Health Protection Scotland, Health Facilities Scotland and the Pseudomonas aeruginosa water (Scotland) Group and offers guidance on a multidisciplinary approach to surveillance, risk assessment, recording and audit of measures taken to minimise the risk of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection outbreak.

The video aims to: 

  • highlight the importance of protecting vulnerable patients from waterborne infections in high risk areas
  • inform newly qualified and newly recruited staff about the procedures and actions taken to prevent infections arising from water sources in high-risk units
  • show how staff in high risk units can apply six critical control points to minimise infection risks

Watch the video:

The running time for the video is just under 11 minutes.

Download the transcript of the video. 

We would love to hear your views on the video and would be grateful if you could take 5 minutes to comlete the resource evaluation.


These resource are part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


Resourced launched May 2015.  Due for review 2018.