The Collaboration Solution
2017 Healthcare Surfaces Summit
August 22 & 23, 2017
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.