Nursing home staff deal with multiple challenges, including the risk of their own, or passing along, infection. One of the top culprits of staff exposure is carrying soiled linens too close to the body. Linen should always be transported away from the body, or as Faultless Healthcare Linen, an ImageFIRST Company, does, sealed and in a covered linen cart, to avoid coming in contact with personnel’s skin or uniform. A study by the American Journal of Infection Control found that almost 60 percent of healthcare staff’s uniforms contained disease-causing pathogens.5
Relieve Staff Work Burden – Solution:
A difficult job even before the pandemic, nursing home staff shortages have since escalated, according to a report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund — an arm of the nationwide U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
“Shortages of key nursing home staffers, including nurses and aides, accelerated from May to December 2020, prompting one consumer watchdog to warn that the worst of the long-term care crisis may be yet to come.”6
Lowering healthcare staff’s risk of infection for themselves and others and reducing their workload can be accomplished with outsourced healthcare laundering.
Even if staffing stabilizes, finances may not. The pandemic caused many senior living community operators to have to cope with rising costs in PPE, equipment, operations and liability. This is on top of existing competitive staff pay pressures and other funding challenges, making cost management solutions for their facility even more vital.
Improve Cost Management – Solution:
Nursing home communities must look to themselves to maximize resources for effective cost management.
Faultless Healthcare Linen’s digital usage tracking, in-service training to help bring linen management best practices to staff, and custom inventory reporting all put facilities in control of their medical laundering costs.
Working with an outsourced medical laundry service provider can reduce infection risk, relieve staff work burden and help with cost management. Faultless Healthcare Linen’s full-service, healthcare linen-only laundry program can be the answer you are looking for.