Highlight in November: TGA Congress ‘Hospital Systems’ 

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On 3 November 2021, the eighth TGA Congress, ‘Hospital Systems’, will be held in the Apothecaries Wing of Schönbrunn Palace in Austria. SCHELL’s drinking water hygiene experts will attend in person and are looking forward to meeting delegates. The Congress will be held as a hybrid event: In line with official regulations, the option of attending the event in person will be extended only to a limited number of participants. Other delegates interested in attending the event can use a virtual platform to participate in and discuss Congress topics. After the event, all participants will have access to the presentations and other materials, so that any agenda items missed can easily be caught up on. 

Dealing with the dangers of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Schell’s resident drinking water expert Dr Peter Arens will be giving a keynote speech entitled ‘Pseudomonas aeruginosa in drinking water installations in healthcare facilities’, which will focus on the specific characteristics and potential impact of this pathogen in particular. This pathogen is especially relevant for the healthcare sector, since Pseudomonas aeruginosa is harder to tackle than the much more familiar Legionella bacterium. In most cases, this dangerous pathogen is not brought in by patients, but results from a contamination of the drinking water installation by components that became contaminated on the manufacturer’s premises. This results from the factory testing of products using water that is not clinically sterile. This is why SCHELL has tested products ‘dry’ for many years. During this presentation, the audience will learn how to avoid or successfully clean up a compromised drinking water installation. A sneak preview of the presentation is available here:

A packed agenda for an interesting day of talks

Participants at the Congress can look forward to a varied programme featuring twelve other presentations. One of these is a paper from consultant hygienist and microbiologist Dr Alexander Blacky, entitled ‘Drinking water safety and climate change’. Renate Greitner (enacon Ziviltechnikergesellschaft) will also be introducing the ‘Green Building Braunau Hospital’ project, and the challenge of constructing a highly technical and functional building like a hospital in line with sustainability and energy efficiency guidelines. Sustainable products from SCHELL can also help with the certification of ‘green buildings’. The master of ceremonies will be Martin Krammer, President of the ÖVKT (Austrian Hospital Technology Association). Be a part of the Congress and reserve your tickets today.