The success of a hospital’s healthcare linen cost management is heavily dependent on employee education and training as well as the quality of the facility’s linen service provider. Lackluster performance on the part of either can be contributing factors to findings in a TRSA report that stated, “Nearly 90 percent of all linen used in U.S. hospitals does not reach its useful life costing the healthcare industry more than $840 million annually.”¹
In a white paper, Hygienically Clean Linen in a Healthcare Environment, Hygienically Clean elaborated on TRSA’s point in stating that these linens are, “… taken out of service primarily because items are lost, abused or discarded when they could be washed and reused. Awareness of the negative impact on providers’ bottom line is growing. This is calling attention to the need for better clean linen handling.”²
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News underscored the situation, “Despite these significant figures, linen loss is part of business as usual for many hospitals and long-term care facilities, as staff and administrators struggle to manage numerous competing operational priorities.”³
Faultless Healthcare Linen, an ImageFIRST company, knows this only too well. With health system resources stretched, and particularly taxed during the pandemic, the cost management solutions Faultless brings to its hospital partnerships are more important than ever.