Who we are
A cutting-edge collaboration
The Healthcare Surfaces Institute is a cutting-edge collaboration of thought leaders who work together to evaluate and understand all aspects of the role surfaces play in transmitting pathogens that cause infection and illness in healthcare settings.
Finding solutions to the spread of infections via surfaces requires an understanding of all contributing factors. This can only be done by bringing together experts that have high levels of understanding and expertise in many different areas – often with very different perspectives and opinions about how the issue must be addressed.
Together, this group will combine their collective understanding of the patient care process, insight into human behavior, microbiology, cleaning and disinfection, and infection prevention protocols to develop solutions and bring about the change necessary to address the rampant spread of infection and illness throughout the healthcare system.
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August 19-21, 2019 in San Antonio, TX
To reduce preventable infections through collaboration of industry, academia, science, regulatory, and service sectors by interrupting the transmission of surface-related pathogens in healthcare in support of community health.
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Sponsorship funds and grants support research, workgroup initiatives and the Annual Institute where the most meaningful work is done to fulfill our mission and elicit change. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
How We Started
A collaborative approach to multi-modal solutions
In 2015, the first Healthcare Surfaces Institute was held. We gathered experts from infection prevention, facilities management, environmental services, manufacturing, academia, research, and regulatory agencies. The Institute began with 10-minute lightening talks from each of the experts, who were asked the same three questions:
What are the top 3 issues related to the spread of infection via environmental surfaces?
What are the hurdles to success?
What should be done immediately?
As each person presented their answers to questions, it became clear not all aspects of the problem were being evaluated and addressed. Therefore, sustainable solutions were not being realized. Those in attendance identified four areas of work for the Institute to address and “Initiative Groups” were formed.
Our Initiative Workgroups develop solutions, best practices, and research hypotheses to support the development of scientific evidence-based best practice recommendations that support policy and regulatory change.
Manufacturing & Engineering
Science & Research
Goals and Objectives
To mitigate the spread of healthcare associated infections via environmental surfaces
The Institute will bring together science, technology, manufacturing, regulating agencies and government institutions to foster communication between all areas of expertise to:
Review existing and emerging research
Build a bridge of communication between all entities working to find solutions
Understand how the combination of surfaces support and are active in the spread of infection
Understand surface and disinfectant product compatibility
Understand human behavior that contributes to the spread of infection
Determine the comprehensive approach needed to reduce healthcare acquired infections
Once a clear understanding of all aspects of the spread of infection is understood, the following outcomes will be achieved:
Determine further research needs
Develop guidelines and best practices
Develop effective ways of communicating and working with: Infection Prevention, Facilities Management, and Environmental Services to ultimately educate and advise Administration of critical needs
Recommend and support the development of new policy and policy changes, driven by evidence-based research
Create educational and training programs