Management of pseudomonas aeruginosa in health sector (HTM 04-01)

Health technical memoranda (HTM) 04-01 provides guidance on managing the risk posed by the bacteria pseudomonas aeruginosa in the health sector.

This publication was withdrawn on

This has been superseded by Part C of the guidance on Safe water in healthcare premises

Applies to England



The document contains advice on controlling and minimising the risk caused by the bacterium pseudomonas aeruginosa from water outlets.

It contains guidance on:

  • forming a water safety group and developing water safety plans

  • assessing the risk to patients when water systems become contaminated with pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • actions to take when a water system become contaminated with pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • how to sample, test and monitor water for pseudomonas aeruginosa

The guidance will be of particular use to estates and facilities departments, and infection prevention and control teams.

Published 12 March 2013