ImageFIRST Announces Their Laundering Is Effective Against COVID-19
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – June 3, 2020 – ImageFIRST, the largest national healthcare linen and laundry service provider specializing in the healthcare market, announced today that their wash is effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
ImageFIRST provides healthcare providers with full-service linen and staff apparel rental and laundry programs complete with infection prevention practices set above regulatory standards. Linen available from the company include isolation gowns, scrubs, lab coats, cubicle curtains, microfiber mops, patient gowns, bed linens, and more.
As a part of these programs, the company uses a laundering process they developed years ago specifically to meet the stringent needs of the healthcare industry called Triple BioShield Protection®. The three-step process consists of a wash formula that kills 99.999% of common pathogens, a bacteriostatic softener, and linen encased in plastic for maximum in-transit safety.
The wash formula agent used in ImageFIRST’s Triple BioShield Protection process is Ecolab®’s AdvaCare™ Disinfectant, which was just announced as the first laundry disinfectant and oxidizer to receive the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) Emerging Viral Pathogen claim as effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
Once linen and medical apparel have gone through this disinfecting wash at ImageFIRST’s plants, they are then treated with Ecolab’s EPA-registered bacteriostatic softener, which adds a layer of protection to the linen to stop bacteria from growing. Clean, dry laundry is then wrapped in plastic to protect it during the transportation and distribution process all the way until it is used.
“We’re excited to provide our customers safe linen proven to protect both staff and patients from COVID-19,” stated Jim Cashman, president of ImageFIRST. “Partnering with a leader like Ecolab is one of the many steps we’ve implemented over the years to prioritize patients and healthcare professionals’ safety first and foremost.”
As a precautionary measure, the company had also implemented additional steps for COVID-19 infected linen and for their associates’ safety nationwide back in February.
Founded in 1967, ImageFIRST® is the largest and fastest growing national linen rental and laundry service specializing in the healthcare market. ImageFIRST’s 41 locations nationwide serve over 14,000 medical facilities every week providing linen, patient gowns, scrubs and more while managing their clients’ linen inventory for cost management. With a customer retention rate of over 95%, ImageFIRST is dedicated to improving patient satisfaction through quality products and remarkable service: their Comfort Care® line of gowns are proven to increase patients’ favorable perception of a facility by more than 50%. For more information about ImageFIRST, your cost-effective solution for greater patient satisfaction, please visit www.imagefirst.com or call 800-932-7472.
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