Public Private Partnership to Educate and Reduce Legionnaires' Disease in Healthcare Settings

Oral Presentation

Prepared by P. Root1, P. Gounder2
1 - IDEXX Water, 1 IDEXX Drive, Westbrook, ME, 04092, United States
2 - County of Los Angeles Public Health, Acute Communicable Disease Control, 313 N. Figueroa St, Rm 212 Office 19, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, United States


Contact Information: patsy-root@idexx.com; 12075568947


ABSTRACT

This presentation will outline a successful public/private partnership to create and deliver an educational symposium that addressed a knowledge gap in Legionella prevention. The symposium brought together administrators, facility management personnel, and infection control practitioners from skilled nursing facilities to learn how to develop and implement a water safety management plan to reduce Legionnairesí disease risk. This presentation will describe how public health worked with private industry to identify the training needs, create the educational content, coordinate symposium logistics, and assess participantsí change in practice as a result of the symposium.