Who We Are

The Healthcare Surfaces Summit 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.

What We Do

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.

Our Mission

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 Summit where the most meaningful work is done to fulfill our mission and elicit change. Become a contributing partner today.

The Collaboration Solution

2018 Healthcare Surfaces Summit

Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle are being considered

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.

View the news release: Top experts meet to advance holistic solutions to superbug infections spread by healthcare surfaces

How We Started

In 2015, the first Healthcare Surfaces Summit was held. The Summit 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 these questions, it became clear not all areas of the problem were being looked at to find effective solutions. Those in attendance identified four initiatives to work on and Initiative Workgroups were formed. Within each workgroup are experts from infection prevention, facilities management, environmental services, manufacturing, academia, research, and regulatory. Additionally, each of the groups will cross collaborate as the project work moves forward.


Learn more about our Workgroup Initiatives

Goals and Objectives

Summit Goals

To mitigate the spread of healthcare associated infections via environmental surfaces.

Objectives

The summit 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
  • Research support
  • Create educational and training programs

 


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

     


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