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Webinar: New Information about Specifying and Cleaning Durable Coated Fabrics for Healthcare

When: July 16, 2020
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: FREE**

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education**
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar explores the challenges of durable coated fabrics in today’s acute healthcare settings. A current nationwide poll of credentialed healthcare interior designers has confirmed widespread failure of durable coated fabric upholsteries, a costly overlook of product warranties, and negative effect of these failures on our HCAHPS scores. There is a further negative effect on the business case when we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars reupholstering existing furniture, diverting money that cannot then be spent on new equipment, hiring quality staff, or funding research into diagnostic and treatment breakthroughs.

Join this panel of healthcare industry experts who will share new information about material selection from ongoing durability tests of heavy-duty commercial healthcare-rated fabrics in both laboratory and real-world environments. Learn about innovative new cleaning and disinfecting protocols to achieve cleaner healthcare environments. This panel is committed to working together to address this mutual challenge, recognizing the ability of a multidisciplinary team of industry partners with shared purpose to creatively solve these problems. They’ll share their findings with the larger healthcare community and provide a furniture specification guide and a process for sharing field reports on the state of durable coated fabrics in healthcare.

*This webinar is possible through partnership with the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand durable coated fabric construction, performance characteristics, potential new and innovative durable coated fabric technologies, and field reporting processes and procedures.
  • Examine current cleaning and disinfecting paradigms and the potential for innovation in new cleaning technologies to help reduce HAIs and improve performance.
  • Understand the challenges of conducting an in-house research field study of heavy-duty healthcare-recommended durable coated fabrics and obtain generic findings along with cleaning and disinfecting results from the same study.
  • Explore widespread durable coated fabric failures in a health system; discover the sources of failures and chemical interactions between disinfectants, contaminates, and coated fabric; assess the impact to the hospital’s business model; and define new criteria and opportunities to enhance the conversation and collaborate to rethink the basic building blocks of expectations.


Presenting Faculty

Teri Lura Bennett, RN, CHID, CID, IIDA, EDAC, Lead Interior Designer, Johns Hopkins Health System
Teri Lura Bennett is lead Interior Designer at Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) since 1993, responsible for establishing and maintaining Hopkins brand identity. Her focus is specifying finishes and furnishings, and maintaining comprehensive databases while collaborating with clinical staff, consultants, project managers, procurement, maintenance, safety, and environmental services to provide the best built healthcare environment. Her previous career as a critical care registered nurse is invaluable in working with our clinical staff to support their important work of delivering quality patient care.


Shari Solomon, Esq., President, CleanHealth Environmental LLC
CleanHealth provides infection prevention, industrial hygiene training, consulting services for healthcare personnel, facility operations engineers, contractors, suppliers and vendors.  An attorney with 17 years of experience in industrial hygiene, she understands liability prevention techniques, offering practical and valuable risk management solutions. She conducts indoor air quality and infection control services, operation and maintenance program development, infection control evaluations, environmental services audits, and indoor air quality assessments. She is a Designated Trainer under the Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technician Program from The Association for the Healthcare Environment of the American Hospital Association.


Barbara Dellinger, MA, FIIDA, CHID, CID, EDAC, NCIDQ, Director, Design, Research, Adventist HealthCare 
As a healthcare interior designer for over 35 years, Barbara Dellinger has provided planning and design for projects ranging from small clinics to huge 1M+ sq. ft., $1B military hospitals. Focusing on the patient experience, she uses Evidence-based design to view design through the patient’s eyes.  Currently Director of Design and Research for Adventist Healthcare, MD she has developed interior design standards for acute care, rehab, behavioral health, and outpatient clinics. Co-chair of the Center for Healthcare Design’s EDAC committee, a founding member of AAHID, and an IIDA Fellow.


Linda Gabel, CHID, IIDA, Interior Designer/Planner, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Linda Gabel brings 34 years of acute care healthcare design experience to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  As an in-house design and planning leader, she promotes evidence-based design methodology and research with design consultants, administrators, and clinicians on small and large scale projects, with a primary focus on The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.  Linda has served on the board of AAHID, as IIDA Healthcare Forum Advisor, and enjoyed leadership roles at NBBJ and Karlsberger.  She has presented white papers on healthcare design for pediatric, bariatric, and aging populations at Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Institute, National Association of Children’s Hospital and NEOCON.