Every 5 minutes, a patient dies from a healthcare-associated infection
The time is now to stop surface-related infections and deaths. Surfaces transmit microbes that cause deadly infections and are a serious risk to public health. The Healthcare Surfaces Institute is dedicated to stopping this hidden threat, but we need your help.
Strategic Use of Products Containing Antimicrobial Surface Properties
Join us March 29th for a free webinar on how products with antimicrobial surface properties can be used as part of your infection prevention guidelines.
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.
HSI is the only organization to focus on the threat of contaminated surfaces in our healthcare environment. The institute's objective is to change how surfaces get designed, manufactured, installed, and maintained to reduce the spread of HAIs significantly. To accomplish this, our collaborative group aligns our work, research, and educational outreach with 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
Solving a Microbial Issue at a Macro Level: How Surfaces Support Biofilm Formation
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.
Dr. Curt White: In Memoriam
HSI mourns the loss of a valued friend, colleague, and supporter Dr. Curtis White was a founding member of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute and...
The 3 Pillars of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute: Validation, Selection, Disinfection
Surfaces are a foundational issue in infection prevention. There are many aspects to this complex problem, and it requires a collaborative effort...
A Mattress is an Assembly: Complaints of Fluid-Leaking Patient Mattresses
The ability to clean and disinfect surfaces in hospitals is an issue of utmost importance to public health – but is not often discussed with the...
Gelest Becomes a Sponsor of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute
HSI is pleased to welcome Gelest as a Silver sponsor of the Institute! Gelest is a US-based manufacturer and global supplier of specialty...
HSI Welcomes Two New Board Members
HSI is excited to announce that Nancy Schlossberg and Barbara Strain have joined the Healthcare Surfaces Institute board of directors. “Ms....
I am a Survivor: The Devastation of Healthcare-Associated Infections
My name is Mary Millard, and I am a patient who lives with a chronic healthcare-associated infection (HAI). This is my story. Up until the fall...
Environmental Services: Taking on Impossible Tasks Every Day
It is Environmental Services Week – a time to recognize the teams of healthcare services professionals committed and dedicated to cleaning and...
Recalls of Medical Equipment Due to Cleaning Agent Damage Highlight Need for a Call to Action
The Association for Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) continues to collaborate with the Healthcare Surfaces Institute (HSI) to...
Infection Control in the Digital Age: How to Keep Handheld Devices (and Your Hands) Clean
Thorough disinfection of mobile computers, tablets, and other devices is critical in workplaces and public spaces. But there is a right and wrong...
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