The goal of this conference is to provide a unique opportunity for health care facilities, water utilities, health departments, industry professionals and regulators to work together to identify best practices for the prevention of waterborne disease. We invite any qualified person that has valuable information on this topic to submit an abstract to be considered as a poster or podium presenter.
The conference is accepting abstracts for podium and poster presentations on a rolling basis.
Feel free to submit your abstract(s) at any time until further notice.
Podium presenters will appear on the conference agenda along with their presentation topic and abstract. Presentations time slots will be 20 – 30 minutes and must be accompanied by PowerPoints. Presentation materials will be made available to attendees at (and/or following) the conference.
Poster presenters will print and set up their posters on a 4’ x 8’ poster board (maximum size: 42" x 60”) in the exhibit hall. The poster must present research or case study outcomes related to the conference focus. Poster presenters should be prepared to accompany their poster to discuss their work during breaks and dedicated sessions.
Acceptable Presentation Topics
All abstract(s) must address one or more of the following topics:
- Preventing health care-associated waterborne disease outbreaks
- Case studies of effective water management programs in health care
- Examples of collaboration and communication between departments
- Verification and validation to reduce liability and manage risk
- Infection prevention in sterile processing
- Waterborne hazards associated with medical devices
- Procedures for safe usage, storage, cleaning and disinfection
- Water quality requirements
- Sampling strategies
- Where, how and why
- Validation responses
- Effective methodologies
- Lessons learned from conducting investigations (surveillance and reporting)
- Organizing outbreak investigations
- Policies for identifying the source of an outbreak
- Communicating risks regarding outbreaks
- Reducing energy and water demand while managing waterborne disease risks
- Plumbing design requirements for low-flow systems and the national research agenda
- Alternative water sources (e.g. greywater reuse)
- Design, commissioning, construction and renovations
- Implementing effective control measures when constrained by codes or regulations
- Regulatory frameworks for managing waterborne disease risks in building water systems
- North American requirements
- International requirements
- Case studies regarding use of treatment and processing technologies
- Thermal or supplemental chemical disinfection
- Non-chemical disinfection
- POU filtration
- Inline filtration
- Litigation, liability and insurance underwriting trends