Speaker: Dr. Susanne Lee, PhD , FRSB, CBiol, FRSPH, FIHEEM, FWMSoc, MRCSHC. Director and Owner Leegionella Ltd. United Kingdom
Chaired by: Dr. Catherine Whapham, Global Portfolio Manager - Healthcare Water, Pall Medical
Water sampling and testing can be a helpful monitoring tool when assessing drinking water quality, verifying the effectiveness of remediation and control measures, and may be a requirement under local/national guidance.
However it is important to recognise that water sampling and testing is not a control measure. In terms of improving water safety, monies spent on continuous or frequent testing may be better deployed on improving the water system infrastructure, reducing nutrient material availability and scale deposits, ensuring frequent throughput at each water outlet, balancing hot water temperatures and minimising heat gain in cold water temperatures.
Water Safety Teams are eager to understand more and better assess the needs for, and benefits of, microbiological testing and sampling before applying to their Water Safety Plan.
Join this 1 hour webinar to learn more about:
- microbial limits and monitoring frequency,
- verification of control and remediation measures,
- the art of good water sampling practice,
- selecting a test laboratory,
- interpreting test results.
Water safety in buildings applies to the delivery of safe drinking water, and In-Premise Water Safety Plans are the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of drinking water at the point-of-use. This 60 minute, free to join webinar will focus on the water system network relevant to the Hospital Water Safety Team, including
- Water System Design – including new build vs renovation projects
- Installation – quality of materials, assessing contractors and avoiding bad practice
- Materials – factors which are critical to selecting materials for drinking water installations
- Commissioning – a 10 point checklist to sign-off when a building, ward or piece of equipment is installed
- Meaningful Drawings - Describing the system with the level of detail needed to be practicable for the water safety team
- Ranking Resources - prioritise the risks, and therefore prioritise the budget
- Preparing a financial review with Senior Management - how best to present water safety plans for adequate funding
Water safety in buildings applies to the delivery of safe drinking water, and In-Premise Water Safety Plans are the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of drinking water at the point-of-use. One of the first, and most critical steps in developing a Water Safety Plan is to recruit and develop the best available, cross-functional talent for the Water Team. Drawing from National and International Guidance and Recommendations, this webinar uses relevant examples and case studies to focus on the following key steps regarding
- assembling the team, recruiting the best available and relevant talent, understanding the team roles and responsibilities
- legal aspects of the Water Safety Team
- use of third parties for aspects of water management; accreditation of third parties
- training and education to develop in-house expertise
- team meet structure, agenda and meeting frequencies
- what to document, how to maintain records, recognise when to act
- understanding costs of water system management and budget alignment
Dr Paul McDermott, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, a Member of the Water Management Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management, a member of the Healthcare Infection Society’s Working Party on water management, Before setting up PJM-HS Consulting in 2014, Paul gained 13 years' experience working as a Specialist Inspector in Great Britain's Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Paul has a strong reputation in the effective management of waterborne infections, in particular Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has acted as expert witness in a number of legal cases, and is currently Authorizing Engineer (Water Safety) at a number of National Health Service Trusts.
Opportunistic in-premise waterborne pathogens are recognised as an increasing health concern not just in developing countries but developed countries too (source WHO). The number of waterborne disease outbreaks from drinking water supplies within buildings, particularly those used in healthcare, continue to rise, leading to increased morbidity, mortality, social and economic burdens and legal consequences.
Risks are increased where there are poorly designed, installed and commissioned complex water systems with poor quality plumbing materials and where use is seasonal and/or low. Additional factors implicated in poor quality water include water and energy saving measures, inadequate risk assessments and control measures, reduced maintenance resources and budget constraints.
An essential step for public health protection is the adoption of the World Health Organisations water safety plan approach to managing water systems from catchment to point of use. Building owners/managers have a duty of care to any persons who may be exposed to both water in distribution and any associated systems/equipment. They therefore need to be aware of the regulatory frameworks within which they must operate, including common law (where appropriate), statues, policies, guidelines and best practice. The World Health Organisation approach to the identification and management of risks from water for all uses and all users within buildings has been internationally accepted and adopted into national legislation and guidance including the United States, Europe and Australia.
The objectives of a water safety plan are to ensure safe drinking water through hazard analysis, HACCP based risk assessment, management and monitoring plans backed up by supplementary programmes; including training, surveillance and communication.
The focus of this webinar is to identify the practical steps needed to develop both an effective Water Management Team and Water Safety Plan, with particular relevance to water use in Healthcare Facilities.
Dr Susanne Lee
Director, Independent Public Health Consultancy
Leegionella Ltd, United Kingdom
Dr Catherine Whapham
Global Product Manager - Healthcare Water
Watch the recorded on-demand webinar on “Biofilms - The Way Microorganisms Organize Their Social Life in Drinking Water” webinar featuring Emeritus Professor Hans-Curt Flemming, Biofilm Centre at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. As a pioneering biofilm researcher, his fascination with biofilms and the bacteria life has fueled his more than 30 years of biofilm work and multiple publications.
What You Will Learn
- Why microorganisms form biofilms and their role as a contamination source in drinking water.
- Detection of bacteria and biofilm in water systems.
- Occurrence and relevance of Viable But Non-culturable Cells (VBNC) by clinically-relevant bacteria.
- Influence of plumbing materials on bacterial and biofilm growth.
- Influence of chemical disinfection on bacterial and biofilm growth.
Professor Hans-Curt Flemming
Biofilm Centre, University Duisburg-Essen
Water Academy - Germany
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Watch this timely webinar presented by George McCracken, the Head of Facilities at Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. He will discuss the fatal outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa within a neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the lessons learned, and the engineering requirements needed to maintain a safe environment for patients.
- Occurrence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and Legionella pneumophila in adult and neonatal intensive care units
- Clinical and environmental investigations undertaken in the ICU
- Mitigating actions to reduce the risk of waterborne transmission routes
- Importance of surveillance and investigation as part of a water safety management program
Dr. Mike Weinbren
Consultant Microbiologist Infection Prevention
Dr. Catherine Whapham
Global Product Manager - Healthcare Water
"Earn 1 CE Credit"
Burn wound cleansing is an essential part of wound management and supports wound healing procedures. However, burn wound cleansing can also lead to colonization or infection if not performed correctly. Burn wounds need to be rinsed with water, Ringer’s solution or NaCl solution to remove particles and necrotic tissue. The solutions used for burn wound cleansing need to be sterile or sterilizing grade filtrated, so that no colonization or infection by waterborne pathogens can be caused.
This timely webinar will explore and discuss best practices for burn wound cleansing to avoid infections, especially from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
PD. Dr. Andreas Schwarzkopf
Associate Professor of Hospital Hygiene
Institute Schwarzkopf, Aura an der Saale, Germany
Dr. Andreas Schwarzkopf is the Chief Scientific Officer at theInstitute Schwarzkopf and a publicly accredited Consultant for Hospital Hygiene in Germany. With over 30 years of experience in Medical Microbiology, specializing in Hygiene, Dr. Schwarzkopf has held several positions at institutions such as the University of Vienna, University of Würzburg, and L*S AG in Bad Bocklet, an accredited and FDA-approved laboratory. He established and managed the Bad Kissinger Hygiene Academy in 1996, which became one of the largest Hygiene Education organizations in Germany. Additionally, from 2006 to 2014, Dr. Schwarzkopf was the Vice President of German Initiative Chronic Wounds. He is the author of more than 100 articles in scientific journals, and has translated and published several books, including "Practical Knowledge for Hygienic Staff", Kohlhammer-Verlag, Stuttgart, 3. Edition. 2011; "Hygiene during medical praxis", mhp-Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2. Edition 2010; and "Multi-resistent pathogens in healthcare premises", mhp-Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2012.
"Earn 1 CE Credit"
- Learn what NTM is, how it spreads, where it lives, and where it comes from.
- Examine evidence linking NTMs to HAIs and the high-risk areas in hospitals where NTM has major consequences.
- Prevention strategies to address NTM.
Speaker: Joseph O. Falkinham, III Ph.D, Professor of Microbiology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University