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Product / Project Innovation Highlights
November 2021 Product / Project Innovation Highlights
Vernacare’s single-use disposal systems incorporate bio-degradable bedpans, bowls and urinals that use touchless disposal technology and create a more hygienic, safe, and efficient solution for infection prevention and reduced staff exposure risks.
Webinar
August 2021 Webinar
Jumping off the lessons learned in healthcare, this webinar will highlight recommended best practices regarding designing to mitigate the risk of infection, emerging infection prevention technologies, proper surface cleaning & disinfection, and best practices in facility operation & maintenance.  
Webinar
July 2021 Webinar
This engaging webinar panel will bring together a group of industry thought leaders, designers and infection preventionists to explore next steps in the deployment of materials and surfaces. Panelists will share the current state of the practice, what we can do now, and will look at near term developments to forecast “what’s next”. Hear about innovations and applications into the future with new models and processes that could reshape the future of health, wellness and how and where we will receive care.
EBD Journal Club
July 2020 EBD Journal Club
Wagner, J.A., Greeley, D.G., Gormley, T.C. (2019). Health Environments Research & Design Journal. DOI: 10.1177/1937586719854218
Design Strategies
June 2019 Design Strategies
Evidence based on primary research and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), and The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), among others, can help guide critical infection prevention decisions in a range of healthcare settings. The following strategies, gathered through a review of the literature, should be considered throughout the material selection and specification stages.
Tool
June 2019 Tool
This tool provides an overview of cleaning mechanisms (i.e., processes and/or technologies) and material characteristics, which in turn may influence materials selection and specification.
Tool
June 2019 Tool
This tool details each stakeholder’s role and responsibilities. Use this tool as a guide when building your own infection prevention team to ensure a common understanding of each team member’s contributions.
Issue Brief
June 2019 Issue Brief
As part of the infection control toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about, high-touch and soft surfaces and their effect on antimicrobial behavior, different cleaning mechanisms and their impact on surfaces, and an approach for structuring infection prevention teams during the design process. 
Issue Brief
June 2019 Issue Brief
As part of the infection control toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about, the role of surfaces in the chain of transmission and the epidemiology of infections, environmental conditions that affect the growth and transmission of pathogens, and cleaning and disinfecting strategies.
Webinar
June 2019 Webinar
This webinar offers recent evidence-based strategies that if followed, can contribute to reduced healthcare-associated infections, better HCAHPS scores & longer lifecycle performance.