“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” says Dry Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security…Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating.”

Thus begins the World Health Organization’s first global report on antibiotic resistance. Using data from 114 countries, this new report looks at antimicrobial resistance and its devastating impact now and in the near future on infection control.

In this looming “post antibiotic era” it is essential we discover, develop  – and use – technology and innovative processes to stop the proliferation of infection-causing microbes in healthcare facilities.

Healthcare acquired infection (HAI) is a deeply studied issue and there is a wealth of awareness on the impact of HAIs on patients and budgets. What is missing is the practical application of highly engineered solutions to this problem. CHAIR aims to test and apply these technologies in Canadian labs and real-life healthcare settings.

This is our mission: CHAIR is committed to saving lives and supporting the creation of a safe healthcare environment for Canadian patients, staff and visitors by achieving an 80% reduction in healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) by 2024.

Who We Are

CHAIR is a volunteer, not-for-profit group of industry and healthcare professionals working together to reduce healthcare acquired infections (HAIs). We believe many HAIs can be eliminated by managing the physical environment within healthcare facilities. We strongly believe engineered solutions are key to safeguarding patients from HAI. We are committed to working with professionals, colleges and universities, hospital executives, facility engineers, housekeeping staff, infection control professionals, professional and trade associations, CSA, Ministries of Health and Health Canada to develop and promote transformative ideas, standards and technologies to make a real and timely difference.

(Read the  WHO report here)

Author: Barry Hunt is the chair of the Coalition for Healthcare Infection Reduction, chairman and chief technology office of Class I inc.