EP 151 The One Where We Talk About Legionella

Last week we learned some Legionella basics. I think it was a good refresher for all of us. We are always learning new information about Legionella bacteria, so make it a point never to stop learning about this critical topic.   

Dr. Paul Lem, Legionella expertThis week, we will learn about alternative testing when it comes to sampling water systems to detect Legionella bacteria with Paul Lem. Paul is a medical doctor and the CEO of Spartan Bioscience. Paul and his team are the makers of the Spartan Cube. He shares facts about Legionella, including how a testing method becomes the “Gold Standard.”    

Please enjoy my interview with Dr. Paul Lem.    

Key Points   

4:08 – Dr. Paul Lem’s background  

6:10 – Spartan’s work with Covid-19  

8:30 – Legionella testing  

11:32 – The gold standard in Legionella testing  

17:30 – Common errors with Legionella testing  

18:35 – Best practices for brand new facilities, re-opening facilities, and facilities with high-risk factors  

20:45 – The best piece of advice for Legionella testing  


“We are getting more interest from companies in industries where they can’t afford downtime.”  

“A common error is that people don’t test for Legionella enough.”  

“If I had one piece of advice, it would be that people should be testing every two weeks for Legionella.”  

Links Mentioned On This Episode 

Spartan Bioscience 

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