Healthcare Surfaces Summit

aka Healthcare Surfaces Institute   |   Stevensville, MT   |  www.healthcaresurfacesinstitute.org

Mission

Imagine a jetliner crashing every day, killing all 200 passengers on board. That is how many people die annually from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Research has shown that surfaces are fomites that support the acquisition and transmission of microbes that cause deadly diseases. There are no guidelines, standards, or requirements to validate that surfaces can be effectively and efficiently cleaned and disinfected. Our mission is to reduce preventable infections through the collaboration of industry, academia, science, regulatory, and service sectors by interrupting the transmission of surface-related pathogens in healthcare in support of community health.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder/Executive Director

Linda Lybert

Main address

1156 Heritage Dr.

Stevensville, MT 59870 USA

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EIN

82-0979406

NTEE code info

Hospital (General) (E22)

Safety Education (M40)

Unknown (Z99)

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Standards and Utilization Initiative Group

Research and recommend surface hygiene testing methods with real-time, objective measurements. Review current cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization guidelines and unify testing and validation methods. Co-develop an education and certification program for professionals. Provide scientific sights in support of regulatory standards and guidance. Develop “Designed for Maintainability Guideline” to empower and support healthcare professionals in the selection of safer surfaces.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Utilize broad-based evidence for prevention of infections in healthcare and other settings to design and disseminate a toolbox to help interrupt the spread of infections from surfaces.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Create and disseminate tools, resources, educational material, and other critical information for providers, patients, and the public to reduce transmission of surface related pathogens. A range of materials including infographics, presentations, checklists, training parameters, and educational curricula will be developed to target individuals at all levels of awareness to improve their knowledge, skills, and ability to act as agents of change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Design and build critical healthcare environments to use as a simulation test site to holistically evaluate the compatibility of surface materials and textiles disinfectants, products, and processes as well as human behavior. The incubator will also serve as a test site for the development of consistent testing and validation standards that provides data and evaluation of the ways surfaces support microbial acquisition and transmission.

Population(s) Served
Adults

There are many different surface materials and textiles within healthcare that are not compatible with infection prevention products and processes. As a foundational issue, it is extremely concerning to know that there are currently no guidelines, standards or validation requirements to ensure that surfaces can be cleaned, disinfected and or sterilized.

This program will develop a certification process that will require surface and product manufacturers to test and validate that not only the surface material but also the product ie. .medical device or environment can be cleaned and disinfected before healthcare professionals make a purchase.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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Healthcare Surfaces Summit

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Caroline Etland

University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing

Term: 2021 - 2023

Darrel Hicks

Darrel Hicks LLC

Mary Millard

HAI Survivor

Glenda Schuh

Schuh Consulting and Associates

Joanna Mills

John Muir Health

Jeanette Harris

Evergreen Hospital

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No