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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Your expertise is needed to make a real difference in healthcare safety! Join us at the Healthcare Surfaces Institute and lend your skills to create essential tools and programs.

Together, we can enhance patient care and improve infection control practices. Your contribution will have a lasting impact on patient safety worldwide.

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.

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

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It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Root Causes That Support HAIs

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!

Jan 15, 2024

microscopic image of biofilm attached to a surface

Understanding the Hidden Danger of Biofilm

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.

May 10, 2023

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