Linen Utilization Program
Five Simple Steps to Improve Linen Utilization
These steps will guide you through the task of helping your facility increase linen efficiency and save time and money. Improving linen utilization can decrease your waste stream, energy usage and costs.
Our goal is to help you assess, prepare and manage your long-term objectives.
Use these steps to help guide you down the path of improved linen utilization. And we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Complete a “waste sort” to determine the amount of reusable linens thrown in the trash.
Any hospital waste stream could potentially contain dangerous materials, such as sharps. Please be very cautious while completing this waste sort and do so under the approval and supervision of hospital safety personnel. Be sure to obtain the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) from safety personnel.
Determine sample size and cost per pound. Ask your Medline Rep for tools to get your started.
Sort through trash and record findings to determine your Linen Waste Inventory.
Add weights and purchase costs
Review data to Identify strategies to address problem areas
Don’t want to get down and dirty? Medline can complete this process for you
Continue to monitor the impact of your linen reduction program regularly and complete these measurements on an ongoing basis.
Create a timeline that works for you based on the strategies being implemented
Monitor progress by repeating the steps above within the timeline you chose (monthly, quarterly, yearly)
Consider a web based solution. Medline offers LinenHelperNet to maintain detailed records of item quantities, weights, and charges for order restocking. Ask your rep for more information.
Do you need to gain control of linen management? Medline has powerful, web-based software that can help drive down costs. If overstocks, shortages, pilferage and excess usage are challenges facing your facility, read on.
LinenHelperNet finds and fixes inefficiencies. The program uses your data to automatically calculate maximum and minimum inventory levels for each item using distribution pars and days of circulation.
Custom reports are generated to help identify your unique challenges
The program lets you manage linen usage down to the department or division level
It also captures detailed data such as item quantities, weights and charges