July 16 – CHIDs to Present Free Webinar: New Information About Specifying and Cleaning Durable Coated Fabrics for Healthcare
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  • AAHID Admin
  • July 02, 2020
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The Center for Health Design


Specifying and Cleaning Durable Coated Fabrics

Thursday, July 16, 2020
11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET
Price: FREE
Duration: 60 minutes


Thanks to our thought leadership partners:


Innovative, New Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols of Durable Coated Fabrics

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. 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.


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.

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


Teri Lura Bennett, RN, CHID, CID, IIDA, EDAC
Teri Lura Bennett, RN, CHID, CID, IIDA, EDAC
Lead Interior Designer
Johns Hopkins Health System

Barbara Dellinger, MA, FIIDA, CHID, CID, EDAC, NCIDQ
Barbara Dellinger, MA, FIIDA, CHID, CID, EDAC, NCIDQ
Director, Design Research
Adventist HealthCare

Linda Gabel, CHID, IIDA
Linda Gabel, CHID, IIDA
Interior Designer/Planner
Wexner Medical Center

Shari Solomon, Esq.
Shari Solomon, Esq.
CleanHealth Environmental LLC