Achieving surface safety in today’s complex healthcare environments requires expertise in a multitude of areas to provide effective, comprehensive solutions.
Healthcare Surface Consulting (HSC) offers you unrivalled expertise in the evaluation, selection and maintenance of disparate surfaces – from the fundamentals of microbial attachment and proliferation to the latest bacteria-inhibiting surface technologies.
We combine deep surfaces knowledge and experience with an expansive range of subject matter experts to help you solve specific issues in preventing the spread of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs).
Leadership and momentum in the critical issue of surface safety
For the last 20 years, our president Linda Lybert has been a crusader for awareness and change in the crucial area of healthcare surfaces. Working directly with healthcare facilities and manufacturers, Linda developed the “Seven Aspects of Surface Selection” – the foundation of our multi-modal solution to address all aspects of this complex problem.
With a clear understanding of the diverse areas of expertise all working on the same issue separately, Linda recognized a need for more research and collaboration of all experts and founded the Healthcare Surfaces Institute in 2016. This cutting-edge collaborative nonprofit brings key stakeholders together to raise awareness about the role of surfaces in the spread of infections and to drive new solutions to mitigate the incidence of HAIs.
Linda Lybert is the world’s leading healthcare surface safety consultant
“Advocating the issue of surface safety in the prevention in healthcare-acquired infections is my passion. We are here to connect the dots between surface selection, manufacturing, disinfection, and other key factors that contribute to the spread of infection.”
Linda began identifying potential surface solutions that helped mitigate the spread of hospital-associated infections while working for DuPont Corian solid surfaces. Understanding the role that surface properties have in the transmission of infections in the healthcare environment, she focused her efforts on advocating the critical issue of surface safety.
Linda became involved with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), where she worked to develop a best practices document for design and construction of healthcare facilities and developed the ASHE Healthcare Construction Subcontractors training program. She was also instrumental in writing the first “Ideal Surfaces Characteristics” definition with the Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI).
As Healthcare Marketing Specialist for DuPont Building Innovations, Linda developed the national healthcare strategy for the surfaces manufacturer. She created and led training for DuPont teams and industry partners on infection control topics.
Linda founded Healthcare Surfaces Consulting to consult directly with healthcare professionals and manufacturers focused on infection prevention and surfaces.
“Whether it’s educating hospital professionals on prevention protocols or working with manufacturers to produce safer materials – surfaces are bottom line in infection control.”
Collaboration with experts
Through these industry and academic relationships, HSC can leverage the knowledge and skills of experts in these areas:
Public health and safety
Nursing and medicine
Architecture and design
Linda has trained and served with the nation’s leading organizations in healthcare surfaces and facility development:
Founder and executive board member, Healthcare Surfaces Institute, 2014-present
Member, ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering), 2001-present, including ASHE Planning, Design and Construction Committee
Member, APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology), 2012-present
Member, SHEA (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America), 2013-present
Member, ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists), 2014-present
Member, HGRC Surfaces and Finishes Subcommittee, 2004-2014
Member, FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities Revision Committee, 2003-2006
Member, AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses)
Certified, Healthcare Construction, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), 2007
Certified, Infection Control: Managing Risk During Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Facilities, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), 2007