ASHE Webinar Series:
Sinks: HAI Friend or Foe?
June 09, 2021
12:00pm - 1pm CST
- Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM), Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health University of Virginia
- Timothy Jacoby, CHFM, CHC, Corporate Vice President Facilities Design & Construction Scripps Health
- Luke Tipler, RN, BSN, CPN, Clinical Research Coordinator Children’s Hospital and Medical Center & University of Nebraska Medical Center(UNMC)
- Tom Hicks, RA, COO, Safe Health Solutions, LLC
- Greg Koll, Safe Health Solutions, LLC
What is growing in your premise plumbing fixtures and possibly contributing to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in your facilities? Hand-washing has long been recognized as a leading means to reduce the transmission of disease and therefore we have installed them frequently in the patient care environment. However, sink drains (specifically, below the drain) can act as an ideal environment for antibiotic resistant bacteria to thrive. With subject matter experts and leading researchers from the University of Virginia, in this session we will explore the unintended consequences of having so many sinks. We will explore the dynamics of transmission from patient to drain and back to patient. We will present the current understanding of the problem, assess challenges created by antibiotic resistant bacteria in wastewater premise plumbing and explore potential solutions.
- Explain hand-washing sinks drains’ contribution to HAIs.
- Review research of transmission from wastewater premise plumbing fixtures to patients.
- Consider of challenges and opportunities for potential solutions.
- Identify how to begin to contemplate the risk within a local design or built environment.