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In Memoriam: Jerod M. Loeb, PhD

Water Quality & Health Council member Jerod M. Loeb, PhD passed away on October 9, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. For 20 years, Dr. Loeb contributed his considerable expertise in health care quality and performance, risk assessment, risk communication and scientific ethics to the Council. He continued to work assiduously after his diagnosis


More Swimmers through “Lessons from Lylah”

Each summer for the past few years, the American Chemistry Council has supported the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Step Into Swim® program initiative known as “Angels of America’s Fallen” (AOAF). “Angels” provides healthy activities, including swimming lessons, for the children of our country’s fallen military and first responders. This summer, the Council has donated $5,000


Honoring our Fallen Colleague through “Angels of America’s Fallen”

This summer, we are happy to report that the organization we advise, the American Chemistry Council, has contributed $5,000 in our name to the “Angels of America’s Fallen” program. “Angels” engages with the children of our country’s fallen military and first responders, offering coaching and instruction in sports, music, arts, and other healthy activities. These


Perspectives: Meet the Water Quality & Health Council

Who We Are: The WQ&HC is a multidisciplinary group of independent experts sponsored by the American Chemistry Council’s Chlorine Chemistry Division. The group’s knowledge and experience span science and medicine, public health policy, consumer advocacy, environmental engineering, risk assessment and emergency response. In 2011, the American Chemistry Council and the WQ&HC celebrated the 20th anniversary


Saluting Our Fallen Heroes with Swimming Lessons for Children

Swimming is a skill that can provide endless enjoyment, help keep you fit, and even save your life.  As a group of public health and safety professionals, we have been strong proponents of healthy swimming for nearly 25 years.  We believe all children should learn to swim, and that is why we are so impressed


Water Wall in Hospital Dispenses Legionella

Question: When does a decorative water wall, installed in a hospital lobby to provide a calming ambience, become a health risk? Answer: When the water wall dispenses a bacteria-laden mist that results in an outbreak of Legionnaires disease. Eight people who walked by just such a water wall in a Wisconsin hospital lobby in 2010


Topsy-turvy Winter Highlights Water Infrastructure Needs in El Paso

This winter residents of El Paso, Texas experienced unusually cold weather.  Temperatures reached six degrees Fahrenheit in early February, the lowest recorded for the city in 120 years.  In short order, El Paso became a city of frozen and burst water pipes where businesses and daily activities were seriously disrupted. Faced with a significant water


Reducing Deaths from Hospital Infections

How effective are check lists?  Pilots know they are effective and now medical experts do too, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.  A refreshing culture change in Michigan hospitals, including adherence to a simple, five-part check list is associated with reduced infections and a 10 percent reduction in infection-related deaths


Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Hand Hygiene Project

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 2 million patients acquire a hospital-related infection every year and 90,000 die from that infection. The Joint Commission’s newly created Center for Transforming Healthcare is using robust process improvement methods to find the root causes of, and solutions for, dangerous and potentially deadly breakdowns


Rapid Influenza Tests Often Fail to Detect H1N1

Doctors’ offices and hospitals are using “rapid influenza diagnostic tests” to identify the presence of the H1N1 flu in patients; however, these tests actually do a poor job of sniffing out H1N1 because the rapid test does not detect H1N1, only influenza A. A confirmatory test must be done to identify H1N1 – a strain of influenza A.