Linen loss is a big issue in healthcare facilities, especially in long-term care like residential facilities. The problem is so prevalent that it costs the healthcare industry upwards of $800 million yearly. It can happen to even the most careful of facilities.
Here are ways to deal with and prevent linen loss in your residential facility:
Linen loss, particularly in healthcare, occurs at every stage. There are areas, however, where linen loss is more commonplace. One of the most common reasons linen loss occurs is theft, both intentional and unintentional. A good example of unintentional theft is getting your linens mixed up with personal items. Another top reason for linen loss in healthcare is improper disposal. This occurs frequently around ‘soiled linens’ in long-term care settings and misunderstandings on their proper handling. Identifying how linen loss occurs in your facility helps you create solutions that target your specific issues.
Labeling is more than just an indication of ownership. It is an essential tool in your infection control efforts. Primarily, it helps with sorting and handling. This allows laundry personnel to process your linens accordingly while ensuring that mix-ups do not occur.
Every stage of the linen handling process plays a crucial role in preventing linen loss. You’re looking at a fast-paced movement with many people involved. Keeping track of these items while ensuring accountability can be quite challenging for any on-premise laundry facility. Find ways to streamline your laundry process in a manner that does not jeopardize your efficiency and productivity. This might be harder to achieve with a small, on-premise laundry facility.
It is easy to think that keeping your laundry management needs in-house is an efficient way to deal with linen loss. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Here’s why:
How do you overcome your laundry burdens without the risk of linen loss if OPLs are not the best way to go? The answer is simple: work with a reliable linen service provider. Your linen service provider should have both experience and expertise. Moreover, your service partner should have straightforward sorting and labeling protocols that help secure your linens against losses and mix-ups. Their handling process should come with safeguards against these types of issues – dedicated route managers, dedicated storage, traceable paper trail, etc.
Crown Linen has over 100 years of industry expertise and a track record for reliable, secure linen processing. Our medical linen service operations have helped countless medical facilities of all types and sizes. It’s time you experience the excellence that is Crown Linen.
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