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  • May 01, 2019

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Healthcare Design Expo + ConferenceThe American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) is excited to host several events at the 2019 HCD Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. As colleagues in healthcare interior design, we look forward to the opportunity to engage with you at these featured sessions.

AAHID Exam Prep Workshop

November 3 | 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® credential is the only certification that tells colleagues, clients, and potential employers that your education and experience in healthcare interior design distinguishes your qualifications. The CHID examination is administered AAHID, whose sole function is to board certify interior designers, architects, and administrators who specialize in acute care, ambulatory care, and residential healthcare facilities design. The workshop is led by current CHIDs who will share insight on candidate eligibility, the application process, exam topics, sample questions, and the exam schedule. Take the next step in elevating your career and become a CHID!

AAHID 15th Annual Meeting and ReceptionCelebrating 15 years designing the future of healthcare interiors!

November 3 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
AAHID invites industry partners, CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designers®, supporters, and friends to this special event. The reception offers an excellent opportunity to mix, mingle, and network, and to learn about CHID certification. A must-attend event for the healthcare design community!

AAHID Education Session: New Information about Specifying and Cleaning Durable Coated Fabrics for Healthcare

November 4 | 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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

Explore the challenges of durable-coated fabrics in today’s acute healthcare setting. 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 multi-disciplinary team of industry partners with shared purpose, to creatively solve these problems. They’ll share their findings with the larger healthcare community, provide a furniture specification guide, and a process for sharing field reports on the state of durable-coated fabrics in healthcare.

  • Understand durable coated fabric construction, performance characteristics, potential new and innovative durable coated fabric technologies, and field reporting processes and procedures.
  • Discuss current cleaning and disinfecting paradigms and the potential for innovation new cleaning technologies to help reduce HAI’s, and improve performance.
  • Understand the challenges of conducting a real-word, 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; define new criteria and opportunities to enlarge the conversation and collaborate to rethink the basic building blocks of expectations.

This session is hosted by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID).

Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) Examination

November 4 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® credential is the only certification that tells colleagues, clients, and potential employers that your education and experience in healthcare interior design distinguishes your qualifications. The CHID examination is administered by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, whose sole function is to board certify interior designers, architects, and administrators who specialize in acute care, ambulatory care, and residential care facility design. Pre-approved candidates have the opportunity to conveniently take the examination onsite during HCD.

For more information contact info@aahid.org

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