250563 Managing the Risk of Hospital Acquired Waterborne Pathogen Illness for Aging Patients in U.S. Hospitals

Monday, October 31, 2011

Zigmond Kozicki, DHA, MA, MSHA , MidMichgan Neuropsychology, Saginaw, MI
A survey of U.S. community hospitals that were identified by the American Hospital Association as having designated facility managers was included in this research. This research was intended to identify what percentage of hospitals monitor to detect known waterborne pathogens. This is especially important in that it is known that waterborne pathogens contribute to Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). Infection among elderly persons is associated with volume depletion and negative hospital outcomes, including death. Subject matter experts, facility managers at selected hospitals, were interviewed by telephone using a structured questionnaire and asked what their facility did to monitor water at their facility. The results of this survey provide baseline information regarding water quality monitoring at U.S. hospital facilities. Knowledge about the extent of waterborne testing at U.S. hospitals could serve to develop a call for a review of the U.S. public health policy as it relates to water quality monitoring at hospitals. The results of this research raise the concern that the effective management of waterborne pathogens is not occurring at a majority of U.S. hospital facilities.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Basic medical science applied in public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the threat from waterborne pathogens to the well being of older patients in health care facilities. Formulate a new policy for waterborne pathogen testing and prevention in U.S. health care facilities.

Keywords: Drinking Water Quality, Pathogens

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I completed a national survey of health care facilities in 2010 with regard to their practice and policy for waterborne pathogen risk management.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.