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January 20, 2020 | Healthcare

Some jobs, especially in healthcare, may require personnel to wear scrubs, whether for safety reasons, for a unified appearance, or for easy identification of staff members. Medical scrubs in only one style and color used to be the norm, but today’s scrub suits take body shape, comfort, and style into consideration. If your work wardrobe consists primarily of men’s or women's scrubs, don’t you deserve to wear something you like that looks good and fits you properly? Here are a few reasons why you can do your job better if your scrubs fit well.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Even with the standard small through extra-large sizing, scrubs do not all fit the same because people are not shaped the same. You may prefer petite sizing for your smaller frame or a more relaxed fit with extra room across the hips and thighs. Perhaps you are expecting and need a scrub suit that can accommodate your pregnancy. In addition to sizing, you can also find slim-cut, classic fit, and a more form-fitting athletic fit to keep the material closer to your body and less likely to catch on door handles, drawers, or other equipment. Scrubs are available in plenty of sizes to suit every body type, so there is no reason to settle for an uncomfortable scrub suit.

A Sense of Style

Remember the old days of hospital green or blue unisex scrubs and their boxy, utilitarian style? Now, you can find scrubs of every color of the rainbow, patterns, seasonal options, and more. You can also find a variety of neck styles, such as V-neck, round, or a square shape. If regular cotton isn’t your preference, you can opt for a fabric blend with a bit of stretch to make bending, squatting, or reaching easier. Scrub tops come in different hem lengths and slits on the sides to easier movement or personal preference, and pants can be either buttoned or drawstring for a more secure fit. Some offices prefer to coordinate colors for different days of the week or opt for customized tops with embroidered logos for a professional look.

Extra, Extra

Aside from style and size, scrubs can have different features to make them essential to your line of work. For example, you can get chest or side pockets on tops and extra pockets on pants to tote around items you use frequently, such as pens or cell phones. What you if you could get medical scrubs that were stain- and wrinkle-resistant? How about an athletic fit with moisture-wicking fabric, more like workout clothes than traditional scrubs? With some of the newer features, you may find your scrub sets last longer and stay in better condition, meaning you won’t have to replace them as often.

So Many Choices

Scrubs should be comfortable, especially when you work long shifts with little time to rest, but they can also make you feel stylish and professional. Morgan Services turns to Fashion Seal Healthcare when looking for a balance of style, comfort and durability in scrubs, to lab coats, and everything in between. Check out their selection online or call us at (888) 966-7426 to learn how we can best serve you.
 

December 18, 2019 | Healthcare

Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, are complications of healthcare and linked with high morbidity and mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 25 U.S. hospital patients is diagnosed with at least one infection related to hospital care each year. And with fast-moving bacterial infections like MRSA reaching near-epidemic levels in healthcare environments, controlling the spread of pathogens has never been more immediate.

The threat of HAIs is considered a “Winnable Battle” which the CDC defines as “public health priorities where CDC and its partners can make significant progress ending epidemics and eliminating diseases in a relatively short time period.” With the right procedures and systems in place, healthcare facilities can work to eliminate the dangerous spread of pathogens.

Hand hygiene should be top of mind

Although most healthcare facilities have strict requirements for their employees to wash their hands regularly, studies have shown staff adhere to those requirements about 40 percent of the time. Properly washing your hands – whether you’re a healthcare worker, visitor, or patient yourself – is one of the easiest and most effective ways of controlling the spread of infection.

Employ proper facility cleaning techniques

Using the proper materials and techniques for cleaning healthcare facilities is key to controlling the spread of pathogens. Microfiber, for example, is a strong, lint-free, ultra-fine fiber that is more effective than traditional cotton fiber and removes bacteria, even without chemicals. It is the one of the most effective products for cleaning and is widely accepted for use in healthcare facilities.

Make sure healthcare staff aren’t adding to the risk

Your healthcare staff interacts with patients hundreds if not thousands of times a day. Being only a glancing touch away, the risk of infection spreading from a lab coat or a nurse’s uniform to a patient is much greater than you think. Superbugs such as MRSA and CRE can live on lab coats for up to 56 days, and studies have shown pathogens were found on 20% of nurses’ uniforms at the end of their shift. It is vital for infection control that lab coats and scrubs are laundered properly and laundered often.

December 13, 2019 | Hospitality

You manage your operations down to the tiniest detail. At Morgan Hospitality, we understand the many facets of your job, and we strive to help increase your efficiencies in any way that we can. That’s why we offer a variety of disposable supplies and solutions – one less thing you have to worry about.

  • Eliminate last minute trips to the store
  • Work with fewer vendors
  • Always receive the proper amounts and the proper frequency
  • Pay a competitive price for more convenience than the alternatives

Along with your customized uniform and linen service, we can customize what additional products you need and how often you need them. We stock the highest quality products, ensuring the best performance and no interruption in service.

We’re constantly adding more product offerings to our catalog, so ask your Morgan service rep how we can help during our next visit.

 

November 25, 2019 | Hospitality

Morgan Hospitality takes pride in helping restaurants and hotels put their best foot forward with table linens and uniforms year-round. But Thanksgiving is a time of year where even those of us who are celebrating at home are looking to add that extra special flare.

If you’re breaking out your linen napkins for Thanksgiving this year, give some of these timeless folding tricks a try:

  • Arum Lily
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Crown
  • Envelope
  • Goblet Fan
  • Ice Cream Cone
  • Pyramid Fold
  • Rosebud

Learn all these techniques and more with step-by-step videos from our partners at Milliken linens.

November 14, 2019 | Company News

This past week we hosted several of our Service, Sales and Production members at the 63rd Morgan Services Orientation in Chicago. The week was filled with education on our rich company history as well as the family’s history which dates back to the Mayflower.  The members are also taught Customer Service, the role of a General Manager, the role of a Service Manager, Human Resources, the importance of our Customer Surveys, our Reporting Systems, and The Morgan Production Systems.

We wrapped up the week with a presentation on Revenue Management and our Marketing initiatives. The group had the pleasure of experiencing a few of Chicago’s finest restaurants (the attendees are seen here enjoying a fantastic meal at The Tortoise Club, a Morgan customer).

At Morgan, we believe it is important to invest in our members so that they can provide exemplary service to our customers.

 

 

October 24, 2019 | Hospitality

A primary mission of the Textile Rental Services Association, or TRSA, is to promote a stronger, safer and more environmentally conscious community. One of the ways they do this is through their Clean Green Certification, which recognizes large-scale laundry and textile companies for sustainable practices. Customers who work with Clean Green companies are assured that these companies are working hard to conserve resources and minimize environmental impact.

Companies who have obtained the Clean Green Certification, like Morgan Services, focus on making their operations as efficient as possible by utilizing high-capacity washing, drying and wrinkle-removal equipment. These facilities are required to document water and energy reduction as well as follow a set of guidelines referred to as Best Management Practices.

BMPs required for Clean Green Certification include (but are not limited to):

  • Recapturing drained water from rinses for reuse

  • Using environmentally friendly detergents

  • Removing solids and liquids from wastewater

  • Installing solar energy and energy-efficient lighting

  • Recycling programs

  • Re-routing trucks to save vehicle fuel

Certification is granted when TRSA inspects laundry facilities and approves documentation of a company’s BMP deployment through production reports they submit to auditors during inspections. Clean Green certified companies are accredited for three years at a time.

To learn more about TRSA and the Clean Green Certification, visit https://www.trsa.org/certification/clean-green/.

October 15, 2019 | Healthcare

Healthcare professionals are no strangers to being on their feet, with few chances to sit down during a shift. But if the proper safety measures are not taken, foot, leg and back pain, general fatigue, and sometimes even permanent damage can occur. In fact, workers can start feeling negative effects after just two hours of continuous standing.

While most employers are diligent in providing proper breaks throughout each shift, there are many instances in healthcare where there is simply no choice. Surgical procedures, for example, can last hours on end. Surgeons and OR support staff have little – if any – chance to pause for relief.

So how do healthcare facilities ensure their staff is as comfortable and safe as possible? Anti-fatigue mats are one effective and easy way to help those who are on their feet for extended periods of time perform at their best.

The benefits of anti-fatigue mats

As you can tell from the name, the primary purpose of an anti-fatigue mat is to help alleviate the strain of prolonged standing. Hard surfaces (e.g., tile or concrete) can increase the negative effects of prolonged standing, as opposed to standing on a softer surface (e.g., rubber or cork). For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends employers provide anti-fatigue mats for employees who spend significant time on their feet.

In addition to the reduced foot pressure, anti-fatigue mats provide several other benefits, including:

  • Improved posture
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced slips and falls

Anti-fatigue mats available from Morgan Healthcare are made of a durable, closed-cell Nitrile foam rubber that is resistant to grease, oil and chemicals and are treated with an anti-microbial that makes these mats perfect for a healthcare environment.

Click here to learn more about our anti-fatigue mat rental service.

September 23, 2019 | Healthcare

Morgan Healthcare is proud to be HLAC certified. But, what does that mean for customers? Here’s a quick FAQ about HLAC certification and how it benefits our customers nationwide:

 

What is the HLAC?

The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is a nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries that process reusable textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Their mission is to accredit laundries processing healthcare textiles based on the highest standards for patient safety and infection prevention.

 

What does it mean to be accredited?

HLAC accreditation, which is good for three years, means that a laundry meets HLAC Accreditation Standards. These standards have been documented, published and professionally recognized. Accreditation affirms that a laundry organization that processes healthcare linens has successfully passed an inspection of the following: its facility, policies and procedures, training programs, and its relationships with its healthcare customers.

The standards include:

  • Handling soiled laundry
  • Transporting linens to laundering
  • Finishing/packaging clean laundry
  • Customer service
  • Patient safety
  • OSHA-required practices (i.e. Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Standards)

View a PDF of the HLAC Accreditation Standards.

 

What are the benefits of getting certified?

The HLAC Accreditation Program boasts four main benefits to certification:

  1. Patient Safety: HLAC-accredited laundries are part of the safety solution in healthcare’s effort to provide patients with the utmost in care.
  2. Quality Improvement: Meeting and maintaining HLAC Accreditation Standards means a laundry has committed to a new level of excellence in the way it processes healthcare textiles.
  3. Credibility/Knowledge: To the healthcare customer, a laundry’s HLAC accreditation is like a dividend validating the laundry’s expertise, believability, dependability, reliability and soundness.
  4. Competitive Edge: All of the benefits of HLAC accreditation, when combined, give a laundry a genuine advantage over its competitors.

 

Curious to learn more? Check out https://www.hlacnet.org/ to read up on the certification and all it brings to our operation.

August 21, 2019 | Hospitality

When it comes to hospitality venues, commercial floor mats have got you covered – figuratively and literally. Nearly every location from the front-to-back of a restaurant or hotel facility can benefit from the protection of a commercial floor mat. Take a minute and think about all of the potential common areas in hotel or restaurant near your house – you’ve got entryways, kiosks, front desks, kitchens, etc. All of them can be improved and made safer with the introduction of floor mats.

Entryways

Let’s start with the outside of a building. Consider the number of patrons that enter a hotel or restaurant on a given day. Now, imagine they live in Chicagoland and it’s February. It’s likely that these patrons will be tracking in all kinds of mud, snow and salt with them as they enter the establishment. Not only is that unattractive for the hotel’s entryway and the cause of frequent floor cleanings, but it also poses a serious safety risk with regard to potential slips and injury. For these types of locations, we recommend a “Super Scrape” mat. They are durable and hold up under busy foot traffic, and they also have deep grooves where patrons can clean off their shoes before entering the building.

Front Desk

Jump ahead – now we’re in the building. Maybe there’s a lobby or a front desk area. Or if it’s a restaurant, maybe there’s a host stand. This is where a logo mat is a great way to go. Logo mats can be personalized with the company’s logo, and it’s a great opportunity to incorporate a little branding and color accent to the entryway. By using this space to introduce a company’s logo, it’s one more way to provide a cohesive, branded experience for a customer. Not to mention, logo mats come in a variety of styles from carpet to nylon or rubber to provide comfortable, durable solutions for foot traffic.

Kitchen/Back of House

Finally, follow the entryway back into the kitchen area. Here you’ll find the hardest working employees in the venue, working long shifts and standing on their feet for hours at a time. In this space, we recommend a rubber comfort mat. These anti-fatigue mats are cushioned and provide additional support for hospitality workers who stand for significant lengths of time. Not only are they comfortable, but they’re also made with nitrile rubber that is resistant to oil and grease, treated with an anti-microbial agent that guards against microorganisms, and textured to provide skid resistance. They’re everything a kitchen needs to ensure comfort and safety for their employees.

As you might imagine, commercial floor mats should be cleaned regularly to make sure the appearance of the venue remains at the highest possible level. What is your facility missing?

July 11, 2019 | Hospitality

A recent article in Forbes Magazine debunked the rumor that 90% of restaurants fail within the first year. It’s actually closer to 1 in 5 and is typically higher in restaurants with smaller staffs. But even so, the restaurant industry can be a cutthroat place to start a business. What can set you apart in an industry as competitive as hospitality? Our recommendation? Start with your image.

Great looking uniforms provide a wide range of benefits and can positively influence restaurant patrons at every touchpoint in your restaurant. Consider the following benefits from the restauranteur’s perspective:

  • Branding/Tone. Uniforms provide a branding opportunity and can help set the tone for the restaurant you’re selling. Are you a fun, family-centered restaurant? Try fun, colorful, more casual uniforms. Are you an upscale, white tablecloth restaurant with eyes set on a Michelin star? Try something more formal – white aprons, tuxedoed hosts, etc.
  • Stain-resistant fabrics. Let’s face it – spills happen. Luckily, many uniform options are available in stain-resistant fabrics. This is key to making sure that your restaurant staff maintain a clean and fresh look during restaurant shifts. (Added benefit of hospitality uniforms – they prevent your staff from damaging their own clothes!)
  • Employee loyalty. Finally, having a consistent look for your restaurant staff provides an elevated level of employee loyalty. Much like an athlete’s uniform designates they’re part of a team, a restaurant staff will have the same feeling of belonging, camaraderie, and pride in their coworkers.

Now, let’s think about it from the patron’s perspective. How are uniformed restaurant employees viewed by patrons?

  • Easily identifiable staff roles. Ever been in a restaurant where the staff is dressed almost identically to the patrons? How long did it take you to track down your server to get the check? Restaurant staffs that are dressed in clearly identifiable uniforms put the patrons at ease and make it easier to distinguish roles within the facility. For instance, a host should be dressed differently than a server or a chef.
  • Exude competency. No matter where an employee is stationed in the restaurant – the host stand, a server, or a member of the kitchen staff – patrons want them to exude a competency that they’ll get their jobs done. Uniformed restaurant employees give off an air of capability right from the first glance.
  • Appear approachable. Employees who wear uniforms as viewed as more approachable, courteous, and friendly than those who don’t wear uniforms. Restaurants are, after all, part of the customer service industry. Uniformed employees appear accessible, welcoming, and responsive to patrons’ needs. • Be a professional. This one’s pretty simple – uniforms equal professionalism. When an employee is in uniform, they are expected to uphold the restaurant’s code of conduct and act accordingly. A uniform presumes the employee is here to work.

At the end of the day, it comes down to optics. If you’re a patron looking at a restaurant, what would you rather see? A grungy kitchen filled with employees wearing ratty t-shirts, or a clean kitchen filled with a cook staff in chef coats and hats? Restaurant uniforms can go a long way to making your patrons feel comfortable, taken care of, and welcomed at your location.