Healthcare

August 14, 2019 | Healthcare

Safety is of critical importance for employees in every industry – especially for healthcare workers. Overexertion is a common form of injury in the workplace, and regulations are starting to pop-up to help minimize this occurrence. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that in 2014, the rate of overexertion injuries averaged across all industries was 33 per 10,000 full time workers. By comparison, the overexertion injury rate for hospital workers was twice the average (68 per 10,000), the rate for nursing home workers was over three times the average (107 per 10,000) … The single greatest risk factor for overexertion injuries in healthcare workers is the manual lifting, moving and repositioning of patients, residents or clients, i.e., manual patient handling.” That’s why many healthcare centers have begun installing regulations around safe patient handling to ensure that not only patients are safe when being transported throughout facilities, but that their handlers are protected as well. Products such as patient slings, sheet slides, loop slings and other transfer devices are becoming commonplace in healthcare facilities nationwide.

What are Patient Slings?

Patient slings vary in terms of design, material and size, but are becoming regular fixtures in patient rooms from coast to coast. Many slings involve a jib and a hoist, and they are made of reinforced fabric or vinyl with Velcro closures. Unsurprisingly, each sling should be laundered professionally after patient use. As such, healthcare facilities are outfitted with special hampers specifically for patient sling use, and the hospital staff is instructed to utilize the hampers when disposing of soiled slings so that they may be laundered.

Necessity of Tracking Patient Slings

A major concern regarding patient sling laundering is the ability to keep track of the slings. Many hospitals are having trouble keeping track of slings because they tend to get thrown in with the rest of the bulk laundry and lost in the process. This can be a costly process, because each sling is worth between $300 and $1,000, depending on the style. It’s hugely important that the individual slings remain trackable to ensure inventory remains at an optimal level and each hospital room is outfitted as needed.

Case Study: Tracking Sling Inventory

In 2013, a hospital had created their own Safe Patient Handling program and invested in 408 reusable patient slings. They then added 118 additional slings in 2014 to create a total supply of 526 slings. At the end of 2014, they took a standard inventory of the slings and realized they only had 230 slings left. Throughout the year, they had somehow lost 296 slings – a deficit that added up to $114,730 in lost inventory. What caused the inventory losses? It could be anything from accidental throwaways, slings being mistaken as trash in the biohazard tub, or damage when laundered with standard hospital linens. Regardless, the slings are a huge investment for the healthcare facility and should be treated as such in terms of tracking and inventory management.

Morgan’s Patient Sling Program

To address this new concern at hospital locations, Morgan Services has created a Patient Sling laundry program – similar to their Privacy Curtain and Lab Coat cleaning programs. In essence, Morgan Services will pick up soiled slings/slides/tubes, launder them and micro-chip/barcode them using RFID technology. When the slings have been laundered, they will be returned to the hospitals and scanned into the hospital/floor/room for tracking purposes. The healthcare facility will then be given access to a customer portal where they are provided regular reports such as hospital, floor, and supply room history. This program will make it easier than ever to ensure patient and healthcare worker safety.

July 11, 2019 | Healthcare

Think back to your last doctor visit. Were you provided a patient gown for the exam? If so, was the gown made of cloth or was it a disposable paper one?

Healthcare centers that provide disposable gowns can leave patients feeling dissatisfied with their experience. Paper gowns have a tendency to rip, and they often don’t fully cover a patient’s body, leaving them feeling exposed and uncomfortable. Here’s the top three reasons why we think cloth patient gowns are the way to go:

1.) Quality and image. Cloth gowns feel more expensive and therefore positively impact the healthcare practice’s image and their patients’ experience. Disposable products feel cheap and therefore appear to be lacking in quality. Patients might be thinking, “If they skimp on the gowns, what else are they skimping on?” It’s a “you get what you pay for” mentality, and it can negatively affect the experience the patient has at your facility.

2.) Environmentally-conscious. As you might expect, cloth patient gowns are more environmentally friendly than disposable paper ones. They create less waste – not only the gowns themselves, but also the packaging they come in. Also, the cleaning process used on cloth patient gowns is certified “Clean Green” by TRSA (Textile Rental Services Association). Switching to cloth is just one more way your facility can be making strides toward a greener practice.

3.) Inventory management. As you might imagine, it’s imperative to clean cloth gowns after every patient use. As such, linen rental services will provide inventory tracking to ensure that hospitals always have the right products on hand. Weekly inventory monitoring reports allow hospitals to get a snapshot of usages, which in turn make inventory management adjustments a breeze.

If that doesn’t convince you, take a look at some of these staggering statistics from a recent International Communications Research Study:

  • 64% of patients across America prefer wearing a cloth patient gown to one made of disposable paper.
  • 72% of patients say cloth patient gowns are more comfortable than paper gowns.

Cloth patient gowns can reduce waste, lower costs, and enhance the image of your medical practice. If you can have all that, and keep your patients feeling comfortable and secure, what’s not to like?

June 26, 2019 | Healthcare

Recent studies have confirmed that hospital textiles (bedsheets, privacy curtains, etc.) as well as other soft surfaces like chairs and pillows have the potential to transmit infectious pathogens. These pathogens can transfer from patient room textiles onto the hands of hospital staff and be carried from room to room if they are not properly contained and removed. Things like C.diff, Staph, MRSA and others contribute to the 1.7 million Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) that occur each year. In fact, the December 2018 issue of “Infection Control Today” shares a study in which it was determined that 37% of hospitals surveyed only cleaned standard hospital room curtains when they were “visibly soiled” and were most often changed or cleaned only “when a patient had been discharged from an isolation room for a multi-drug resistant organism.”

With that in mind, it became clear that a solution needed to become available to combat an unseen enemy. Enter Morgan Services’ Privacy Curtain Program.

Morgan’s Privacy Curtain Program

Morgan Services’ Privacy Curtain Program makes it possible to track curtain inventory from hospitals when it goes out to be cleaned. Because these dangerous pathogens have been discovered on the hands of staff after opening/closing privacy curtains, it’s important that each individual privacy curtain from a hospital is washed on a timely schedule. When these pathogens are removed from the curtains, a hospital has greater infection control and is able to provide better patient care. We partner with hospitals around the country to professionally launder privacy curtains so that they meet the most demanding industry standards for safety and hygienic protection.

Tracking Data

To aid in the organization and inventory of these curtains, Morgan Services tracks every curtain using the latest RFID and barcode technology, so hospitals always know their location and status as well as which patient room it is assigned to. This data becomes invaluable to the customer – a hospital or medical facility – because it allows them to see which curtains have been cleaned and when. By being able to track and trace when a privacy curtain was last cleaned, a hospital can better ensure that these germs and bacteria are removed on a regular basis.

Curtain Inventory Management

Additionally, the fact that Morgan places a barcode on each of these curtains helps ensure they are replaced swiftly and easily back in the patient rooms where they belong after they have been cleaned. A single hospital may have many different styles, lengths, and patterns of patient privacy curtains. The tracking barcode helps simplify the re-stocking of these curtains, ensuring they end up back in the correct rooms with seamless turnaround.

Logistics

The Morgan Services team handles it all. Everything from hanging and removing the curtains, to mending them when necessary and providing loaner curtains while the inventory is in rotation. We are a one-stop-shop for privacy curtain cleaning – all logistics will be handled by our team of dedicated launderers. Fully scalable to meet your needs, the Privacy Curtain Program is a comprehensive, cost-effective solution to fight this unseen source of infection before it spreads.

May 21, 2019 | Healthcare

It is said that hospitals are no place for sick people. When you look at statistics for patients who receive infections during a hospital stay, you’ll understand why. Every year in the U.S., an estimated 1.7 million patients acquire infections while in the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The White Coat

Some of these deaths may be attributed to the very clothes doctors wear, specifically their white coats, or lab coats. Although it has long been a symbol of the profession, doctors themselves are calling for an end to the practice of wearing them because they can carry pathogens from patient to patient as they make their rounds. Adding to the problem is that the coats do not receive professional laundering on a regular basis, sometimes going months between cleanings. Bacteria such as MRSA and CRE, known as superbugs because of their resistance to medication, can survive up to 56 days on the average white coat.

The scope of the problem goes beyond hospitals, however. Transfer of bacteria is prevalent in all types of nursing facilities and health clinics. And it’s not just the doctors who are transferring pathogens. Because they have adopted the habit of wearing lab coats that don’t receive regular cleaning, nurses and many other health care workers are spreading bacteria and viruses between patients.

Status Symbol

Some doctors have decided to forego wearing a white coat as a means of containing the problem. For others, the jacket symbolizes a type of “rank” that they have worked long and hard to be able to wear. Some also feel that their coats are no more harmful than the street clothes they wear beneath the coats. Besides being a status symbol, the coat is a handy place to stash pens, eyeglasses and tools of the trade, such as a stethoscope.

Lab coats also provide the added benefit of putting a patient’s mind at ease. A recent study showed that patient satisfaction can increase if their physician is wearing a lab coat. Lab coats projects authority, expertise, and confidence, and many patients feel more comfortable with a doctor who is dressed the part.

Additionally, healthcare workers have many colors and patterns to choose from in today’s scrubs, the standard industry clothing. Some facilities have taken to having workers wear lab coats over their scrubs to display a more uniform and professional appearance. For facilities that prefer the coats, as well as those who wish to retain the status symbol or convenience of wearing them, professional laundering services offer a solution to help contain the spread of pathogens to patients.

Industry Standards

The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is an organization that sets hygienic standards for laundry used in healthcare settings. To become accredited, members such as hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices must meet standards that cover a range of processes, from handling and transportation to laundering and delivery of that laundry to the client. The layout of a laundry facility, employee training methods and even customer service are additional areas that come under accreditation standards, as well as compliance with OSHA requirements.

For more information on how professional laundering of lab coats can help you contain the risk of cross-infecting patients, contact Morgan Healthcare, who specialize in healthcare laundering. Ask about our Lab Coat Program and how you can benefit.

April 25, 2019 | Healthcare

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. The stats are so high that in 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put forth a five-year action plan to help reduce the number of hospital acquired infections, or HAIs, that occur in American hospitals. We’re now 10 years into the plan and we’re moving in the right direction. However, consistent and comprehensive preventative measures need to be implemented at all healthcare facilities to ensure this number remains low.

Microfiber Super MopThat’s where Morgan Services comes in. At Morgan Healthcare, we understand the importance of a properly cleaned hospital room to help reduce the risk of hospital acquired infection. Things like proper laundering and thorough mopping are critical to reducing the instance of infections and ensuring good patient care. As part of our efforts to combat infection, we’ve developed the Morgan Microfiber Program where our “Super Mop” is a high performer.

Benefits of the exclusive Morgan Services “Super Mop”:

  • Denser, thicker mop pad
  • Picks up more contaminants
  • Can be used wet or dry and is able to eliminate dust mopping prior to wet mopping
  • Single use per room eliminates potential for cross-contamination
  • Reduces water and chemical usage by 70%

“Since switching to the Super Mop Program, our floors have never been cleaner, and our staff always has enough mops on hand to do the job right.” - Steward Healthcare, Massachusetts

Because of the Super Mop’s denser mop pad design, it has been proven to be especially effective. In fact, we’re so confident in the Super Mop’s success that we’ve provided training for proper usage. Begin by viewing our Microfiber Training video, and follow up with a member of our staff to learn more about effective cleaning techniques.

As part of our Microfiber Program, hospitals receive a weekly shipment of mop pads and microfiber cloths that are tracked using radio-frequency identification (RFID). We help maintain a constant inventory at your facility - picking up and replacing dirty cloths with new ones that have been laundered to the highest standards. This total commitment to cleanliness is what has granted many of our facilities the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council’s HLAC certification.

Contact us for more information

Interested in joining our Microfiber Program and reaping the benefits of the Super Mop at your facility? Contact one of our sales reps to learn more.

March 15, 2019 | Healthcare

The problem

Maintaining scrub inventory is a huge issue for hospitals, with thousands of dollars spent annually filling inventory gaps due to lost and stolen scrubs. In fact, studies show 40% of scrub usage comes from unauthorized users. Low inventory and open linen carts make it harder for physicians to get the scrubs they need when they need them.

The solution

Morgan Healthcare has teamed up with scrubXchange to offer the most comprehensive scrub program available. The secure scrubXchange dispenser provides scrubs in 10 seconds, faster than any other high-capacity scrub dispensers. And the professionals at Morgan Healthcare launder, deliver, and load the dispenser, taking the day-to-day burden off your shoulders.

scrubXchange provides a multitude of benefits:

  • Quality scrubs are provided to promote a professional appearance to patients and visitors

  • Scrubs are always available when they are needed

  • Scrubs are always laundered and processed according to national standards for healthcare  

Better service

The scrubXchange program from Morgan Healthcare reduces labor for your hospital staff while increasing physician satisfaction.

Lower costs

The automated dispenser deducts and adds user credits as scrubs are removed and returned. This ensures scrubs are returned and virtually eliminates scrub losses and the extra charges that come with it.

Infection prevention

Enclosing scrubs in a secure dispenser drives compliance with AORN Guidelines for Surgical Attire, helping reduce the risk of surgical site infections.

 

Download our brochure for more information about the Morgan Healthcare scrubXchange program.

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