noPILLS in Esch-zur-Alzette, Luxembourg

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Treatment and resource efficient measures on hospital level

The Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch (CHEM) is the Luxemburgish partner hospital of the noPILLS project. The activities in the context of the project focus on the location of the CHEM in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette having a capacity of about 400 beds. The CHEM is one of the biggest hospitals in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and was already a national partner in the PILLS project.

The project includes the evaluation of several measures to enable a cost and resource efficient removal of pharmaceutical substances and diagnostic aids from hospital sewage.

One measure of interest is source control. It is planned to avoid emissions of specific persistent substances into the hospital sewage. Therefore the feasibility and efficiency of a hospital-wide separate collection of x -ray contrast media will be evaluated. After application, x-ray contrast media are mainly excreted via urine. The separation campaign will inter alia be accompanied by extensive monitoring campaigns and a patient survey.

Furthermore, alternative treatment and resource efficient methods to eliminate pharmaceutical substances in sewage are in the centre of interest of the Luxemburgish noPILLS-Project. In this context the study focusses on the observation of filter modules which eliminate pharmaceutical residues based on a combination of biological and adsorption processes.

The results will indicate how adaptions of sewage infrastructures on hospital level and innovative treatment methods can contribute to a holistic concept for prevention and reduction of emissions of pharmaceutical residues into natural water courses. Locally, the noPILLS project is supported by the Luxemburgish Ministry of the Interior and a number of national stakeholders in the wastewater field.

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