Innovations Spur Northwest Health Care Linen Forward

Northwest Health Care Linen was recently featured in the November issue of Textile Services, a publication by TRSA (Textile Rental Services Association).

Click on the link below to read more about how Northwest Health Care Linen came to be, as well as our commitment to innovation and quality. 2013 marks our 20th year in business, and over these past 20 years we have strived to be a leader in the industry with our innovative approach to production and customer service.

To learn more about Northwest Health Care click here: Innovation at Northwest Health Care Linen

Nothing Left Behind: Quantifying Hygienically Clean Removes All Doubt

As one of the first in the nation to be certified Hygienically Clean-Healthcare by TRSA, we at Northwest Health Care Linen are focused on spreading the word on Hygienically Clean.

The following article, written by TRSA and sent to subscribers of Infection Control Today (ICT) magazine , highlights the emerging importance to providers of receiving quantified and verified indicators of textile hygiene.  As healthcare providers are increasingly pressed to gauge the quality of their services through  performance—as opposed to measures of  process, TRSA’s Hygienically Clean-Healthcare certification is the scientific step in the right direction.

Quantifying Hygienically Clean

The Future Has Arrived at Northwest Health Care Linen

Northwest Health Care Linen has once again set the standard in medical laundry processing by investing nearly 2 million dollars in new equipment that has transformed our process and our finished products. The complete package of updated equipment includes a new “smart” wash system that is the first in the United States and a garment finishing system that is just the third of it’s kind in the U.S. We are extremely excited to bring a level of technology to our customers that will result in a much higher quality finish to the patient and staff apparel. All wearing apparel such as patient gowns, robes, pajamas, lab coats, barrier coats and scrub wear is washed, hung on an RFID chip imbedded hanger, sent to a steam finisher, automatically sorted by size and color then sent to robotic folders for a much improved, consistent fold.  We invite you all to come tour the facility and see it for yourself.

Staff should be seeing an improved finish to all scrub wear and our patient apparel line is the first and only to be steam finished in this region. Our new robotic folders produce one consistent package size which is the same on gowns and scrubs. We continue to bundle-tie all gowns, and in addition, we are bundling scrubs in multiples of ten. This provides consistency and improved inventory controls as counting will be made easier for linen staff.

Northwest Health Care Linen is the most modern laundry in the region. We believe that success in the healthcare market of tomorrow requires an investment in advanced technology. This garment finishing system is proof of our commitment to bring you the future, today.

Why is Hygienically Clean such a big deal?

Northwest Health Care Linen is the first of 5 linen facilities in the nation to become Hygienically Clean-Healthcare certified.

Find out why Northwest Health Care Linen chose to be a leader in the marketplace by clicking the link below.

Hygienically Clean Q&A

Northwest Health Care Linen Achieves Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certification

Health care facilities and their patients can be confident in the laundered items they receive from Northwest Health Care Linen.

Northwest Health Care Linen, a comprehensive health care laundry service provider was recognized by Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) with Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certification.

Until recently, commercial laundry facilities have not had a recognized standard for objectively verifying that textiles, cleaned in a laundry, meet hygiene standards appropriate for medical facilities. TRSA represents and serves more large-scale laundries than any association in the world. Their international certification process offers unbiased bacteriological testing and facility inspections that closely examine the handling of potentially infectious materials. This independent review process provides customers with evidence that the textiles from Northwest Health Care Linen are hygienically clean and safe for their patients.

Northwest Health Care Linen is one of only five facilities in the nation that has achieved this certification.

There are no federal or state standards that require microbial testing. The Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certification is the first of its kind in the United States, requiring microbial testing and raises the bar in certifying laundries for producing hygienically clean reusable textiles.

“Achieving this certification gives our customers (health care facilities) confidence in the laundered items they receive from Northwest Healthcare Linen,” said James Hall, Northwest Health Care Linen CEO. “It removes any concern for disease transmission between the textiles we provide and patients or health care employees.”

To achieve the certification, laundries submit an application and undergo an on-site facility inspection. Bacteriological testing is conducted on a regular basis, beginning in each of the first three months of certification. If all testing in the first three months passes the established criteria, the facility then undergoes semiannual testing. Maintaining the certification also requires laundries to properly document their best management practices.

“We work hard to uphold top marks in the ways we function,” said Hall. “The Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification we received through TRSA is a testament to our commitment to cleanliness.”