On-site training and education for Infection Prevention personnel in proper protocols for sample collection from wastewater premise plumbing is available to enable facilities to perform sampling of their environment.
We provide expert microbiological analysis of hospital wastewater premise plumbing for organisms associated with hospital-acquired infections, especially carbapenemase producing organisms (CPOs).
Using validated sampling protocols and culture techniques, we are able to assess the microbiological environment in healthcare facilities and identify risks for transmission of drug-resistant pathogens via premise plumbing sources.
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Infection prevention groups can send us isolates (patient and/or environmental) and we utilize our advanced, high-quality laboratory services and analytics – including Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) – to answer the following types of questions for you in a timely manner:
Are these organisms related?
Is this infection imported from outside our facility or acquired nosocomially? What is the potential role of the clinical environment?
Has this specific strain of pathogen been seen in our facility before? Is there an issue in our environment that we need to address?
How can we identify and manage point sources? How implement a surveillance program?