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13 May 2016
Posted By: Charlotte Curtis

This year’s “Infection Prevention and Containment” event on 12th May at the Belfry Hotel in Nottingham is aptly entitled, “Preparing for the next crisis” and focuses on the loss of antibiotics and the inevitable impact on the future prevention of infections within hospitals. Richard Sinden, Director of Life Sciences Product Innovation and Regulation, at SUEZ Water Conditioning Services, explains how a combination of innovative water treatment technologies and simple control measures can help against the fight of antibiotic resistance and the control of water borne pathogens.

Antimicrobial resistance (AR) continues to dominate headlines as a major threat, not just to the health of the population, but also to the economy as a whole. According to the European Pharmaceutical Review, by 2050 there will be 10 million predicted deaths from drug resistant infections, compared to 700,000 in 2015, with an estimated cost to the global GDP of US $100 trillion by 2050. Against this bleak back drop, hospitals and healthcare providers continue to fight the increase in healthcare acquired infections (HCAIs) with minimal budgets. So, what part does water treatment have to play in this fight?

Water plays a vital role within every industry but there are added, significant risks within the healthcare sectors, with vulnerable and immuno-compromised patients more susceptible to infections from water borne bacteria. Healthcare providers are therefore becoming more astute at recognising the risks from bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in HCAIs and are looking to traditional water treatment providers to up their game. Traditional chemical water treatment regimens are no longer adequate in the fight against water borne bacteria in this new world of antimicrobial resistance.

Despite claims by some water treatment providers that their chemical or new technology is enough to kill all bacteria in water systems, there is no panacea treatment. Effective management of water systems involves a collaborative approach between regulators, sector specialists, estate managers and the infection control team on site all focussed on implementing a comprehensive control scheme and water safety plan. System design, management, training, microbiological and chemical monitoring all need to be carefully considered, alongside the best available approved technology in water treatment.

Richard Sinden, will be providing more detailed, practical advice for delegates at the IPCC conference on how healthcare providers can best approach antimicrobial resistance and the management of water systems. Please contact info@sueztreatmentsolutions.co.uk for more information.

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