Every 5 minutes, a patient dies from a healthcare-associated infection
Surfaces transmit microbes that cause deadly infections and are a serious risk to patient safety. The Healthcare Surfaces Institute is dedicated to stopping this hidden threat.
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The 3 Pillars of HSI
One of the primary ways microbes move within a healthcare setting is via surfaces, yet most infection prevention strategies overlook surface safety issues beyond cleaning.
The Healthcare Surfaces Institute is taking action to change how surfaces get designed, manufactured, installed, and maintained to reduce the spread of HAIs significantly. Our work, research, and educational outreach are focused on The 3 Pillars of HSI.
Testing & Validation
Cleaning & Disinfection
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur when pathogens infect patients via contaminated surfaces
people get HAIs every year
people die yearly from HAIs and many more live altered lives that require ongoing medical care
1 out of 25
patients will acquire a HAI during their hospital stay
Latest News & Work
Looking at recent headlines, the same old news is here again – HAIs and AMR are increasing and nothing new is being done. By failing to address the root causes, we hinder effective solutions to this problem. HSI has identified these issues and we are shining a spotlight on them!
For centuries, it has been believed that cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization is the silver bullet that will reduce infection rates. Data shows an entirely different story. Join our panelists January 24, 2024 for a live discussion on multi-modal solutions to the multi-modal issues that contribute to HAIs.
Material compatibility with disinfectants provides significant financial benefits to hospitals, equipment manufacturers, and disinfectant providers and is essential in reducing healthcare-associated infections.
Dr. Keri Lestage brings expertise in disinfectant technology and surface safety to HSI.
Evaluation of Cleaning and Disinfection Must Be at the Top of the List When Selecting Surface Materials and Products
HSI Executive Director Linda Lybert met with architects and designers of healthcare facilities and revealed MAJOR gaps in how the built environment is designed and what is needed for infection prevention.
Addressing just one part of the problem does not work when it comes to HAIs. Learn why HSI is working to bring stakeholders together to find sustainable, integrated solutions.
HAIs were trending down until competing pressure from the Covid 19 pandemic disrupted established practices, reversing the trend. Addressing surface safety is the key to controlling HAIs in the long term.
The microbial battlefront is a complex array of variables. While antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is at the top of the list of concerns, there is another often hidden war going on at the surface. On that surface sits one of the most difficult enemies ever to face the world – biofilm.
HSI has co-funded research on the effectiveness of a fundamental cleaning process: wiping surfaces clean. They identify methods that remove and inactivate pathogens and less-effective methods that transfer pathogens to other surfaces.
Biofilms adhere to surfaces and are the most adaptable microbial feature in nature. This structure serves many purposes, including protection from the biocides that destroy microbes. It is time we look at what is happening beyond visual inspections of surfaces.
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