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Increase Your Staff and Patients’ Safety with Sanitized Linen from ImageFIRST

By: ImageFIRST Tips & Advice, Mar 27, 2020

With the growing concerns around the novel coronavirus, healthcare providers are looking for ways to minimize the spread of the virus and sanitize common points of infection. According to the TRSA, the coronavirus can live on linen for 6 to 12 hours.

ImageFIRST offers fully managed linen rental and laundry programs complete with comprehensive infection prevention that exceeds standards and may help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

When Infection Prevention Is Critical, We’ve Got You Covered

Start by building your program by selecting the medical linen and apparel you need:

  • Scrubs & Lab Coats
  • Isolation Gowns
  • Cubicle Curtains
  • Microfiber Mops
  • Mats
  • Patient Gowns & Apparel
  • Bed Linen
  • Bath Linen
  • Premium Gowns: Comfort Care
  • Storage & Hampers

Each program automatically comes with the following services:

Hospitality-Inspired Service To Free Up Your Staff
  • Fully Managed Program
  • On-time Delivery and Pickups
  • On-site Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Direct Access to Full-Service Team
Quality Products for Patient & Staff Comfort
  • Patient Gowns & Apparel
  • Comfort Care Premium Gowns
  • Bed & Bath Linen
  • Staff Apparel: Scrubs & Lab Coats
  • Storage & Hampers
Infection Prevention That Exceed Standards
  • "Dead On Contact" Wash
  • Bacteria-Inhibiting Softener
  • Plastic-Wrapped Linen
  • “Bright White” Standard
  • Independent Lab Testing
Inventory Management For Cost Control
  • Inventory Level Based on Your Needs
  • Proactive Inventory Control
  • Flat Rate Billing
  • Transparent Invoices
  • Fair Price

Healthcare Linen: Not All Laundering Is Created Equal

For healthcare facilities, ensuring laundry is at least hygienically clean is crucial to minimizing the spread of pathogens – and the bare minimum according to Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet not all laundering is created equal.

According to the CDC, dry cleaning is ineffective in reducing the numbers of bacteria and viruses on contaminated linens. It should therefore not be considered an option for healthcare facilities’ laundry.

Additionally, home laundering can be inconsistent, and doesn’t provide hygienically clean laundry. OSHA regulations even prohibit home laundering of personal protective apparel such as lab coats.

Infection Prevention through Medical Linen Sanitization

At ImageFIRST, our laundering goes beyond hygienically clean to ensure that your medical linen is sanitized, which is a 99.9% reduction in bacteria according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

ImageFIRST is HLAC AccreditedAll our programs' laundering processes meet or exceed OSHA, CDC and HLAC standards and comply with AAAHC, other credentialing bodies and The Joint Commission requirements.

All our programs include our 5-Point Product Quality Assurance System:

Beyond laundering, our handling procedures in and out of our plants are centered around two primary elements: protection of staff and avoiding recontamination. We follow strict daily, weekly, and annual checks of adherence to infection prevention processes and layer in monthly third-party, independent testing to ensure compliance.

COVID-19: Minimizing the Spread

With the additional concerns of the novel coronavirus, ImageFIRST is exercising extreme caution when processing linens that may potentially have been exposed to COVID-19. We advise the following guidelines for facilities participating in our medical laundry programs:

  • Any product potentially contaminated with COVID-19 must be identified, kept separate, and brought to the attention of your ImageFIRST Service Representative
  • Laundry bags containing such products must be securely closed to prevent product fallout; and
  • When possible, we ask you to let such products sit at least 6 hours after use before we pick up.

The right linen and laundry partner can help alleviate medical staff workload by providing an infection prevention process tailored specifically for healthcare – at least when it comes to linen. For more information about ImageFIRST’s linen program, complete with infection prevention that exceeds standards, call 800-932-7472.