2015 ushered in a lot of changes in the healthcare industry. Many rural hospitals closed their doors, medicare and medicaid reimbursements were reduced, and high-deductible healthcare plans grew, just to name a few. A recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review stated, “Hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are undergoing a dramatic shift in their business models due to a number of forces — from providers concerned with the volume of services they provide, to providers who focus on offering high-value services that emphasize keeping populations healthy.” If you are interested in the future state of healthcare, click here to read the article and find out more about the hospital industry in 2016.
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News Release Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council
HLAC Details How Visit to Laundry Provider Helps to Ensure Healthcare Textiles Arrive Free of Contamination
PLAINFIELD, IL – Dec. 10, 2015 – Visiting a potential healthcare laundry is a must for professionals charged with ensuring that clean textiles arrive at a facility free of contamination, says Gregory Gicewicz, board president of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC).
In a newly published article, “Plant, Personnel, Process: Evaluating the Healthcare Laundry,” Gicewicz writes that such visits “should include relevant representatives from environmental services and infection prevention. During the visit, focus on the 3P’s: the plant, the personnel and the process.”
HLAC is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of inspecting and accrediting laundries processing healthcare textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.
In his article, published in EXPLORE Magazine (Association of the Healthcare Environment), Gicewicz outlines pertinent questions that need to be addressed within each category. For example, regarding the plant, he looks at matters ranging from workflow to policies and procedures for cleaning and maintaining the plant and its equipment. Discussing personnel, he emphasizes the need for employees at all levels to be focused on patient safety and service quality. And, regarding the process, he recommends learning how the provider ensures that washed healthcare textiles become hygienically clean.
Comprehensive detail on what to look for during a visit to a laundry provider can be found in the newly revised HLAC document, “Accreditation Standards for Processing Reusable Textiles for Use in Healthcare Facilities – 2016 Edition,” which is now available for viewing and downloading at www.hlacnet.org. The new standards go into effect Jan. 1, 2016.
The newly revised standards document received the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Seal of Recognition™. The AORN Seal of Recognition confirms that the content of the document has undergone thorough review by AORN and meets the guidelines of the “AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices.”
About HLAC The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of inspecting and accrediting laundries processing healthcare textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other heal