Professor Philippe Hartemann

Time: 15:50PM – 16:10PM


Topic: Why to use Point-of-Use Filters in immune compromised units (BMT/NICU/ICU/BURN) to protect patients from exposure to waterborne pathogens


Brief Presentation Description:

Patients hospitalized in bone marrow transplantation, NICU and other high-risk hospital units have zero immune system due to the treatments used for avoiding the reject of the bone marrow transplantation and other immune-suppressing environment factors; thus the necessity to protect these patients from environmental contamination is accepted worldwide. For years, diverse ventilation systems and air treatment processes are dedicated to ensuring a specific air quality both in the corridors and in the patient’s rooms but the necessity to control the water quality has appeared only more recently.



After scientific studies in chemistry and biochemistry in Strasbourg, Ph Hartemann entered the school of Medicine of Nancy where he studied medicine and prepared a PhD oriented towards biochemical mechanisms of endocrine regulation. After obtaining his M.D degree and specialization in public health (epidemiology) he decided to turn his professional activity to the study of the relationships between Environment and HumanHealth:: drinking water microbiology, environmental epidemiology and surveillance, waterborne outbreaks, hospital hygiene and nosocomial infections control. Since 1981 he is a member of french risk assessment committees; then he became a member of numerous international working group (WHO, EU, NATO) and adviser for programmes of international cooperation in risk assessment, sanitary control, audit, advice, training and guidelines proposals. He was Head of the department of Hospital Hygiene in the University Hospital of Nancy and Professor of Public Health from 1985 to 2016, then Interim CEO of the Luxembourg National Health Laboratory  from 2016 to 2018. He was also Vice Chair and Chair of the Scientific Expert Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) from 2004 to 2016, DG Health, European Commission Brüssels. Past-chair of the French Society of Hospital Hygiene, he is now Distinguished Professor of the School of Medicine of Nancy and Knight of the « Légion d’Honneur ».


Speaker – Professor Philippe Hartemann

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