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Episode 31: Linda Lybert, Founder and Executive Director of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute

PART 1

Part 1, Linda Lybert, Founder and Executive Director of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute shares what healthcare design professionals most need to know about pathogens post-COVID-19. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic and the education on this is very real,” Linda shares. The fact is we really have to clean our surfaces in the hospital setting in a certain way and on an ongoing basis. This is critical.” This and more about the Healthcare Surfaces Institute and the “7 Aspects of Surfaces©” developed by Linda Lybert and available to download for free here: https://www.healthcaresurfaceconsulting.com/7-aspects.

For the last 20 years, Linda Lybert has been a crusader for awareness and change in the crucial area of healthcare surfaces. Working directly with healthcare facilities and manufacturers, Linda developed the “7 Aspects of Surface Selectioπ©” – the foundation of her Healthcare Surface Consulting business multi-modal solution to address all aspects of this complex problem.

With a clear understanding of the diverse areas of expertise all working on the same issue separately, Linda recognized a need for more research and collaboration of all experts and founded the Healthcare Surfaces Institute in 2016. This cutting-edge collaborative nonprofit brings key stakeholders together to raise awareness about the role of surfaces in the spread of infections and to drive new solutions to mitigate the incidence of HAIs. To learn more about Linda Lybert and the Healthcare Surfaces Institute, visit: https://www.healthcaresurfacesinstitute.org/

This program is brought to you by Porcelanosa who extend their heartfelt appreciation for your support of this podcast. Stay safe and be well. To learn more about Porcelanosa, visit http://porcelanosa.com.

Thank you to our industry partner, The Center for Health Design. To learn more about CHD’s new program MakingRoom, Connecting hotels and hospitals with urgent needs for space, please visit, https://www.healthdesign.org/makingroom.

In Part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation today with Linda Lybert, you will learn:

  • The 5-minute crash course on healthcare surfaces hygiene.
  • What is the Healthcare Surfaces Institute and how was it born?
  • Why are healthcare surfaces so complex?
  • What Linda’s research with shadowing teams of hospital facility managers, infectious diseases doctors, nurses and environmental services professionals revealed.
  • Why Linda believes there is no such thing as a high touch surface.
  • What did Linda’s behavioral observation research in the hospital patient room to learn what surfaces people in that setting were touching on an ongoing basis reveal?
  • What surfaces in hospitals create a rich environment for pathogens to grow?
  • Why don’t hospitals test walls for pathogens?
Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:
  • The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

Learn more about how to become a Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® by visiting the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers at: https://aahid.org/.

Connect to a community interested in supporting clinician involvement in design and construction of the built environment by visiting The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design at https://www.nursingihd.com/


PART 2

In Part 2 of Cheryl’s fascinating conversation today with Linda Lybert–Founder and Executive Director of the Healthcare Surfaces Institute–they discuss the absence of validation requirements for surfaces that are used in the healthcare and hospital environment. Linda shares, “If you don’t have surfaces that are in the healthcare setting that can be effectively cleaned and disinfected, the way they need to be cleaned and disinfected, we won’t ever stop the spread of pathogens that cause deadly infections.” Grab a pen and paper for this episode as Linda shares critical information for understanding the complexities of healthcare surfaces you won’t want to miss!

For the last 20 years, Linda Lybert has been a crusader for awareness and change in the crucial area of healthcare surfaces. Working directly with healthcare facilities and manufacturers, Linda developed the “7 Aspects of Surface Selection©” – the foundation of her Healthcare Surface Consulting business multi-modal solution to address all aspects of this complex problem. The “7 Aspects of Surface Selection©” is available for free and can be downloaded here: https://www.healthcaresurfaceconsulting.com/7-aspects.
With a clear understanding of the diverse areas of expertise all working on the same issue separately, Linda recognized a need for more research and collaboration of all experts and founded the Healthcare Surfaces Institute in 2016. This cutting-edge collaborative nonprofit brings key stakeholders together to raise awareness about the role of surfaces in the spread of infections and to drive new solutions to mitigate the incidence of HAIs. To learn more about Linda Lybert and the Healthcare Surfaces Institute, visit: https://www.healthcaresurfacesinstitute.org/

This program is brought to you by Porcelanosa who extend their heartfelt appreciation for your support of this podcast. Stay safe and be well. To learn more about Porcelanosa, visit http://porcelanosa.com.

Thank you to our industry partner, The Center for Health Design. To learn more about CHD’s new program MakingRoom, Connecting hotels and hospitals with urgent needs for space, please visit, https://www.healthdesign.org/makingroom.

In Part 2 of Cheryl’s conversation today with Linda Lybert, you will learn:

  • Why is there an absence of validation requirements for surfaces that are used in the hospital healthcare setting and what does this mean for hospitals post COVID-19?
  • What healthcare hygiene guidelines must be implemented in hospitals and why is surface testing so critical? Where do we start?
  • Why healthcare design professionals including planners, architects, interior designers and others in the field could be the bridge to the educational component necessary to successfully win the war against hospital acquired infections.
  • What is most important for the healthcare design community to understand about the materials they specify for the healthcare setting?
  • What surface materials are the worst for hospitals and why is that so?
  • What are the problems with Instructions for Use products?
  • What are the problems with rigorous cleaning and hospital grade disinfectant requirements?
  • What are the biggest challenges for material engineers, designers and general contractors moving forward?
  • What is the Healthcare Surfaces Certification and Standards Program that is being created by The Healthcare Surfaces Institute?
Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:
  • The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design
Learn more about how to become a Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® by visiting the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers at: https://aahid.org/.
Connect to a community interested in supporting clinician involvement in design and construction of the built environment by visiting The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design at https://www.nursingihd.com/
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Porcelanosa’s KRION® Solid Surface Material is made out of two-thirds natural minerals and a low percentage of high-resistance resins. KRION® is available in an array of colors, can be thermocurved or backlit, and is antibacterial – making it a perfect product for the healthcare industry. KRION® is also highly resistant to impacts and external elements (such as fire, chemicals, and frost), and is easy to clean and maintain.

Inspired by the properties of photocatalytic materials, Porcelanosa has evolved their KRION® Solid Surface material called K-LIFE. When K-LIFE comes into contact with light, it will be able to purify the air, expel harmful bacteria, and more. K-LIFE can easily be integrated into many applications – from wall coverings and claddings for ceilings, to custom tables, bars, sinks, shelving units and furniture. The application of K-LIFE in areas with high daily traffic, such as waiting rooms or reception areas, can assure a gradual decontamination of germs and lead to ongoing ecological benefits. Some research performed with KRION® K-LIFE, which has photocatalytic properties, proved that the material can significantly reduce the presence of bacteria. This revolutionary process has led to a patent pending, innovative, and exclusive product that will have a direct effect on our quality of life.

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