ASCA Exhibit Promotes Hygienically Clean
Seen at the Hygienically Clean exhibit at the ASCA show (l/r): Kim Martorana, Unitex; Angela Freeman, TRSA; and Jay Speer, Faultless Healthcare. Martorana and Speer were staffing a MEDtegrity booth during the May 3-5 show in Washington.
An exhibit at the recent Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) annual meeting in Washington promoted the value of doing business with a Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified launderer. More than 120 attendees learned how the certification verifies laundries’ best management practices (BMPs) and quantifies laundered product cleanliness.
The display marked the first such promotion of Hygienically Clean Healthcare to an outpatient medical market. Previous exhibits touted the certification to hospital audiences: the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Like members of those groups, most ASCA participants interviewed were industry customers, but represented a wider variety of professions, including M.D. owners and these job titles:
- Business Manager
- CEO, President, CFO, COO
- Chief Medical Officer
- Clinical Coordinator, Director
- Nursing Director
- Regional Director, VP
Roughly 10% of the visitors to the Hygienically Clean exhibit on May 3-5 expressed concern about the product and service quality of their uniform, linen and facility services providers. Using a Hygienically Clean certified launderer addresses this, they were told, as inspectors focus on a facility’s quality assurance manual as the hub of control measures (BMPs) that minimize potential for error. In addition, unlike Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) certification, Hygienically Clean microbial testing measures finished product quality, enforcing a total microbial content ceiling, including yeasts, molds and bacteria.
Visitors received copies of the Hygienically Clean Healthcare standard and the brochure that explains benefits of using such a certified launderer. Also on hand was the new white paper, Environmental Safety in Outpatient Care, which provides hyperlinks to a variety of documents to aid in the prevention of transmission of environmental pathogens. Visitors also were welcome to a copy of The Six C’s: Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment, a training video for personnel provided on a flash drive. Both represent Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries’ commitment to sharing textile product management expertise with customers so they make more effective and efficient use of uniform and linen services.