Better Medical Linen Service Means Better ProtectionWhat makes a linen "better" and how does that help provide superior protection for patients and employees? Better linens always begin with higher quality, more durable materials. They are not thin and scratchy, and they don’t have loose weaves that break apart easily. Higher-quality linens, patient gowns, and other textiles offer more comfort than their lower-quality counterparts. Additionally, they are also less likely to absorb surface impurities and pathogens. High-quality gowns are especially critical in keeping your patients and employees protected. They provide a crucial barrier between surface and skin, and between two individuals (i.e. patient and caregiver/healthcare professional). Low-quality gowns offer inadequate protection.
Quality Linens are Not EnoughWhile having good quality linens is essential, that is never enough. There is only so much good linens can do to keep your patients and employees safe. To provide adequate and reliable protection for your facility and everyone in it, your linens, garments, and uniforms need intensive and appropriate maintenance – not just laundering. Your facility needs the security and convenience that comes with professional medical linen and laundry service. One of the biggest misconceptions people have about medical linen service is that it’s only good for securing your linen supply. This service does way more than that. Medical linen service providers protect your facility in three stages:
- Pre-laundry handling. Pre-laundering includes the entire process of picking up your linens, including and especially securing your soiled linens. While soiled linens do not necessarily need to be tossed out, they still need special handling and packaging to prevent these contaminated items from getting into contact with anyone or anything within the facility and bag.
- Laundry procedures. Professional medical linen service experts use modern, precise laundry technology to make sure that your products get the best treatment to rid them of even their most dangerous contaminants.
- Post-laundry handling. Post-laundry handling is just as crucial in maintaining your linens and keeping your defenses up. In professional medical laundry facilities, there are strict protocols in handling to keep exposure of clean linens to the absolute minimum. That way, you are sure that the only ones that end up in your facility are clean, properly stored/packaged, and therefore safe and ready to use.