How are people dying from surfaces?
Surfaces harbor microbes that cause deadly infections.
Millions of patients go into healthcare facilities to be healed or saved. However, nearly 2 million of those will acquire a Healthcare-Acquired Infection (HAI) unrelated to why they were in the hospital. In fact, patients who survive their medical treatment or recover from a simple procedure can then die from a totally different illness - caused by pathogens lurking on surfaces in the healthcare facility.
The data is alarming: 1 out of 25 patients will acquire a HAI during their hospital stay.
How many deaths are we talking about? Nearly 100,000 people die annually from HAIs. The most frequent cause is the microbial reservoirs on surfaces.
Examples of surfaces that harbor dangerous microbes include those in the built environment, such as counters, floors, tables, beds, walls, and furniture, as well as medical devices, soft surfaces, scrubs, clothing, or privacy curtains.
Healthcare Surfaces Institute's Mission
Reduce preventable infections through collaboration of industry, academia, science, regulatory, and the service sectors by interrupting the transmission of surface-related pathogens in healthcare in support of community and public health.
How does the Healthcare Surfaces Institute help?
With awareness, education, testing, and research
Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) have been deemed preventable by a number of regulatory and clinical experts for many years. While training and education is a great start, we must focus on the root cause of the problem - SURFACES.
The Healthcare Surfaces Institute (HSI) has been at the forefront of research, testing and education around the danger of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) and the role surfaces play.
With your help, HSI can further its efforts to stop the transmission of surface-related pathogens in healthcare.
Ways you can get involved and donate
HSI is a 501c non-profit organization, governed by a 7-member Board of Directors who are most experienced clinicians. The Institute also works with a Scientific Advisory Board composed of five world-renowned scientific experts.
Your donations and help go to continue HSI’s global efforts in education, standards and utilization, validation of manufacturing claims, research, and testing methodologies. Your U.S. donations are tax deductible.
You can donate to HSI directly on our website. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; and all donations made to Healthcare Surfaces Institute are tax-deductible.
Become a Corporate Partner
We rely on the partnership of corporations and other organizations to help us with our life-saving work. We work with companies across the medical device, disinfection, healthcare and other related industries. We welcome your partnership and are open to creative ways to work together to save surfaces and lives.
Join our Individual Membership
Annual membership with the Institute helps support our program development and research projects, while providing professionals with access to expert information and other benefits. As a member, you receive updates, invitations to special events and webinars, and early access to research.
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“Helping deal with infectious organisms in healthcare environments will only be successful with the expertise of scientists, engineers, and practitioners from all key disciplines. HSI has the team and the vision that supports this holistic approach, and I am excited to be part of the efforts.”
Dr. Curtis White
Chief Technology Consultant and President,
White IEQ Consulting
CEO and CTO, Nano Safe Coatings
How your support helps HSI
and the Healthcare Industry
Your generous donations and support allows HSI to do the following on a national and increasingly global scale to help Save the Surfaces!
- Support and guidance for manufacturers during the design of products to identify surfaces that can be effectively cleaned and disinfected without damage.
- Understanding programs for communicating knowledge and empathy around the challenges and needs in healthcare.
- Research and recommendations for additional necessary systematic work to increase knowledge and devise new applications.
- Foster safe healthcare environments for healthcare workers, patients, and the general public.
- Advance research-driven policy changes and best practices that mitigate infection spread.
- Create and promote selection criteria that empower healthcare professionals to choose surfaces and products that support their infection prevention guidelines and protocols.
- Educate the public, healthcare professionals, and product manufacturers on the danger of HAIs caused by contaminated surfaces, and also provide guidelines, recommendations, and resources to support changes.