a wide variety of apparel that fits a specific unit’s need,
such as behavioral health, radiology, and clinics.
When a hospital maintains a supply of patient apparel
in sizes and textures that match the varying needs of the
patient population, there is less waste in terms of time,
products, and laundering services, all while protecting
patient modesty. Gone are the days of doubling up
on gowns or tracking down extra robes when each
patient can be accommodated with one simple garment
designed to fit their body.
If using reusable apparel, it is equally important to
select apparel that is durable enough to withstand
the commercial laundering process required to meet
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities
guidelines. This helps keep the laundry management
process efficient and cost-effective.
As patient comfort continues to be an integral part
of a patient’s overall experience, many healthcare
facilities are seeking new ways to improve the sense of
comfort and safety patients feel while within their halls.
If you are looking for opportunities to improve patient
satisfaction, consider the details; review what products
your patients interact with most often and begin
updating those first.
Joe Przepiorka is the Vice President of Marketing at
Encompass Group. He identifies healthcare trends to
enhance patient experiences with safe and comfortable
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