International Issues In Infection Prevention

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

1508 - The Science of Secondary Disinfection: Protecting Your Hospital's Water Supply

Friday, June 16
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 110-112

A number of significant events in the past two years including the publication of ANSI/ASHRAE standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, the water crisis in Michigan and the publication of CDC’s landmark report on Legionnaires’ disease has prompted hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities to implement secondary disinfection as part of their water safety management plan. This session will explore the evidence linking water to HAI’s and why secondary disinfection is an arrow in our quiver of technologies to reduce the risk of waterborne HAIs. This session will provide insights into six secondary disinfection technologies - chlorine, monochloramine, chlorine dioxide, copper-silver ionization, ultraviolet light and ozone. A key objective of this session is to educate Infection Prevention professionals and enable them to have a stronger voice in the decision on which secondary disinfection system is right for their facility.

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John Hanlin

VP Food Safety and Public Health
Ecolab
Eagan, Minnesota

John Hanlin, PhD, is vice president of Food Safety and Public Health for Ecolab. His areas of expertise center on education and strategies to reduce infection risk. Dr. Hanlin has extensive experience serving on committees and has presented at numerous national and international scientific meetings. He also has published several scientific papers and book chapters. His most recent publications were entitled “Legionellosis; An Unintended Consequence of Building Water Systems,” and “Managing the Risk of Waterborne Healthcare-Acquired Infections.” In 2009, Dr. Hanlin was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Agriculture to provide recommendations on how to modernize and improve the safety of the nation’s food supply. Dr. Hanlin received a bachelor’s degree in biology/microbiology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, an MBA from Temple University, and a doctorate in biology/microbiology from Syracuse University.

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Dana C. Nguyen

Infection Control Practitioner Program Coordinator
Clark County Public Health
Vancouver, Washington

Dana Nguyen BSN, RN, CIC is currently Infection Control Program Coordinator for Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, Washington. Dana possesses over 29 years of nursing experience with 18 of those years in challenging leadership positions providing her with numerous learning opportunities to enhance patient safety. During her career she has demonstrated success leading in a variety of healthcare settings; trauma programs, critical care, and integrated ambulatory care clinics. As a certified Infection Control Specialist, Dana provides consultative assessments of infection prevention programs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics and dialysis centers. Dana has successfully championed innovative and effective educational programs for long-term care facilities to promote application of foundational infection prevention practices necessary to improve patient outcomes and sustainability of a robust infection prevention program and has been a speaker at local APIC chapter events. Dana received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Washington State University.

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