New Information about Specifying and Cleaning Durable Coated Fabrics for Healthcare
  • Announcements
  • AAHID Admin
  • November 18, 2019

AAHID Education Session as seen at the 2019 HCD

Teri Lura Bennett, RN, CHID, CID, IIDA, EDAC, Lead Interior Designer, Johns Hopkins Health System
Shari Solomon, Esq., President, CleanHealth Environmental LLC
Barbara Dellinger, MA, FIIDA, CHID, CID, EDAC, NCIDQ, Director, Design & Research, Adventist HealthCare
Linda Gabel, CHID, IIDA, Interior Designer/Planner, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A current nationwide poll of credentialed healthcare interior designers has researched 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 hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent reupholstering existing furniture, diverting money that cannot then be spent on new equipment, hiring quality staff, or funding research into diagnostic and treatment breakthroughs.

The presentation overviews new information about material selection from ongoing durability tests of heavy duty commercial healthcare-rated fabrics in both laboratory and real world environments. Innovative new cleaning and disinfecting protocols to achieve cleaner healthcare environments are also examined. The panel is committed to working together to address this mutual challenge, recognizing the ability of a multi-disciplinary team of industry partners with shared purpose, to creatively solve these problems. Disseminated to the larger healthcare community, this presentation provides a furniture specification guide, and a process for sharing field reports on the state of durable-coated fabrics in healthcare.

View the slides and explore the challenges of durable-coated fabrics in today’s acute healthcare setting.