• HLAC's Accreditation Standards Awarded AORN Seal of Recognition

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has awarded its AORN Seal of Recognition™ to the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) standards document covering the complete textile processing cycle for use in healthcare facilities.

    Read more about it: http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2014/03/hlacs-accreditation-standards-awarded-aorn-seal-of-recognition.aspx

  • Service Linen Supply Wins Green Washington Award for Service

    Service Linen Supply has been named one of 2012 Seattle Business magazine’s 50 Greenest Companies in the state at an awards dinner at the Olive 8 Hyatt in Seattle, WA on November 1st. The linen supply and uniform rental service company was honored for demonstrating the very best in sustainable business practices for a service business. 

    Read more about it: http://seattlebusinessmag.com/article/green-washington-awards-2012-green-team

  • Service Linen Granted Environmental Stewardship Award

    Spokane, WA: On June 12th, Service Linen Supply of Renton, WA received the 2012 Environmental Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Businesses (AWB) for their eco-friendly laundry operations.

    Read more about it: http://www.awb.org/2013-environmental-excellence-awards-1/

  • Two TRSA Operators Win Enviro Awards

    Service Linen Supply Inc., Renton, WA, and U.S. Linen & Uniform, Richland, WA, recently received recognition for their environmental leadership when both companies won the Association of Washington Businesses (AWB) 2012 Environmental Excellence Award. The two textile services companies won in the category titled “Resource Conservation and Pollution Prevention.” The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA, on June 12.

    Read more about it: http://www.trsa.org/news/two-trsa-operators-win-enviro-awards

  • American Laundry News: AORN Recommended Practices For Surgical Attire Journal Update Jan 2011

    Recommendation III is suppose to be strictly enforced now. “All individuals who enter the semi restricted and restricted areas should wear freshly laundered surgical attire that is laundered at a healthcare – accredited laundry facility or disposable surgical attire provide by the facility and intended for use within the perioperative setting”. This was only stated about accredited facilities in Recommendation V but now is in III as well.

    Read more about it: http://www.medicleanse.com/AORN Recommended Practices.pdf

  • Looking to Improve Practice Performance?

    Decades of research suggest, and go on to prove, that satisfied patients drive practice performance. Patient satisfaction has been linked to high quality-of-service scores, better patient outcomes and reductions in claims, as well as increases in referrals and patient loyalty. Even as subtle a change as moving from paper to cloth gowns can have quite an effect on comfort, communication and patient satisfaction.

    Read more about it: http://www.mdnews.com/news/2012_03/05782_marapr2012_lookingtoimprove

  • American Laundry News: Don't Launder Surgical Attire at Home, AORN Recommends

    An Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) committee recommends that surgical attire such as scrubs be laundered by the healthcare institution or by a third-party laundry facility and not at home by the healthcare worker.

    Read more about it: https://americanlaundrynews.com/articles/dont-launder-surgical-attire-home-aorn-recommends

  • ICT, Infection Control Today:

    Bacterial Contamination of Surgical Scrubs and Laundering Mechanisms: Infection Control Implications

    Home-laundering is not as effective as facility or third-party laundering in decontaminating surgical scrub attire. Similarly, home-laundered scrubs are not as effectively "clean" as single-use scrubs prior to use. Further study is warranted to identify the bacterial organisms comprising the bioburden and their potential clinical impact, if any, on the development of surgical site infections and transmission of other healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs).

    Read more about it: http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/bacterial-contamination-of-surgical-scrubs.html

  • U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:

    Contamination of Hospital Curtains With Healthcare-Associated Pathogens

    In a culture survey, we found that 42% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with vancomycin-resistant enterococci, 22% with ethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and 4% with Clostridium difficile. Hand imprint cultures demonstrated that these pathogens were easily acquired on hands. Hospital curtains are a potential source for dissemination of healthcare-associated pathogens.

    Read more about it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18823274

  • Wall Street Journal: Hospital Scrubs Are a Germy, Deadly Mess

    Bacteria on doctor uniforms can kill you

    You see them everywhere -- nurses, doctors and medical technicians in scrubs or lab coats. They shop in them, take buses and trains in them, go to restaurants in them, and wear them home. What you can't see on these garments are the bacteria that could kill you.

    Read more about it: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123137245971962641.html

  • Surgi Strategies: Laundry, HLAC and Infection Control

    Infection control in a medical setting can be overwhelming in that it encompasses nearly every task and object in a building. Indeed, infection control also affects textile choices and laundry policies, or at least it should. Proper textile purchases can be elusive, and their care process can be too. The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) tries to streamline the situation by producing guidelines for the industry to follow.

    Read more about it: http://www.surgistrategies.com/articles/laundry-hlac-and-infection-control.html

  • Practice Greenhealth: Textile Management

    From bed linen to patient gowns to lab coats to surgical items, textiles are everywhere in the healthcare industry and are an essential aspect to providing quality healthcare, and also provide a huge opportunity to assess and potentially improve the environmental impacts of linen management.

    Read more about it: http://practicegreenhealth.org/about/press/news/textile-management-awash-green-opportunities