Recent trends in waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States have had an impact on how water quality is monitored and regulated in healthcare settings. The economical and clinical impact of an outbreak can be significant. There are little data and no guidelines with standards for acceptable levels, incidences and/or recommendations on how to manage Pseudomonas outbreaks. This webinar will describe our story with a Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak in a new construction, 28-bed, single occupancy, level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Highlights will include:
- Investigation findings
- Lessons learned
Speaker: Olga Guzman, RN, BSN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center
Chaired by: Michael Castro, MPH, Western Hemisphere Product Manager – Healthcare Water, Pall Medical
Olga Guzman has worked as an RN in field of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control for over 14 years. She currently works as the Director of the Infection Prevention and Control Department at Kaiser Permanente in the San Bernardino County area in Southern California. She obtained her BSN and graduate studies towards her MBA from Loma Linda University in 1994 and is currently certified in Infection Prevention. She served as the Inland Empire APIC local chapter president and still serves on the current board as past president. Her experience with a NICU Pseudomonasoutbreak in a new construction allowed her to work with teams from the CDC and develop partnerships with many biofilm experts and water management safety consultants. Due to this experience, she participated in developing the first National Kaiser Permanente Water Safety Management Guidelines in 2015. She has shared the lessons learned at many of the Local APIC chapters in the area and participated as a speaker at the “In-Premise Water System Educational Symposia” in 2017 in Southern California.