Both the reusable and disposable textile camps seem to wage their most heated battles in the environmental and monetary arenas. However, few good definitive studies focus on the disposable industry’s impact on the huge cost of improper care to patients, eroding healthcare morale and the loss of healthcare givers to “easierâ€? jobs, says Karen Paradee, clinical director, The Sewing Source, a healthcare textile manufacturer.
One way you can respond to customer demand is by implementing software and hardware systems to track linen through the cycle from customer to laundry and back to customer. The benefits of good tracking are better use of linen inventory; more accurate anticipation of customers’ needs, and improved communication between you and your customers.
Linen handling is a subject that frequently comes up in healthcare applications, and even on occasion in the hospitality industry. Managers and department heads often depend on the chemical supplier for answers, even when it may be outside their area of expertise.
All businesses run the risk of employee theft. A common thread is that someone in charge of finances gets caught “borrowing.” Sometimes the theft is reimbursed, but many times it's not and your facility/department ends up holding the bag. Given the right opportunities, even the most unlikely employees can succumb to temptation.
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ served a full and useful life is often the result of weighing the maintenance and repair costs of keeping the older equipment in service against the benefits that can be gained by installing new equipment. At Morris View Nursing Home, a long term care nursing facility in Morris Township, N.J., one of the key determining factors is overall productivity.
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Textile Services Industry Gets National Spotlight
WILIMGTON, Mass. — Textile service executive Ronald Croatti recently appeared on the CBS-TV show “Undercover Boss.” Croatti is CEO of UniFirst Corp., in Wilmington, Mass. For most Americans watching “Undercover Boss” it was their first view inside a commercial laundry, which typically process between 10 million and 25 million pounds of uniforms, table linens, bed sheets, towels and more every year “The reusable textile services business is the original green industry,” said Ricci. “Commercial laundries reuse linen instead of filing landfills with disposable alternatives and continually discover new, innovative means to reduce energy consumption and recycle water. Our huge economies of scale allow laundries to use about two-thirds less water, energy and detergent than alternatives, such as washing at home, while hygienically cleaning textile products, improving disease control and reducing contamination.”