Chicago, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/19/2016 -- Increasingly, healthcare researchers and those dedicated to preventing the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIS) are finding worrisome evidence that home laundering of medical linens by medical professionals is an insufficient alternative to using a commercial facility. According to a recent study by the American Journal of Infection Control, home laundering "may fail to eliminate pathogens from garments," as no standardized methods or approved processes are undertaken to ensure that dangerous contaminants are eliminated.
ImageFIRST Chicago, a healthcare-accredited launderer of gowns, scrubs, sheets, robes, and doctors' and nurses' uniforms in Louisville, KY and Chicago, provides an affordable alternative for hospitals and clinics currently utilizing at-home laundering as their means of linen sanitation. The company is particularly qualified for the task because unlike other commercial launderers, it works solely within the healthcare industry and has developed its processes to respond to the unique needs of its medical clients. The ImageFIRST Triple BioShield Protection system, comprised of a sanitizing wash process, a softener/protective coating, and plastic barrier, is a comprehensive system of infection prevention that goes above and beyond current regulatory standards.
Without subscribing to a healthcare laundry service and instead relying on home laundering, medical facilities run the risk of increasing the chance that pathogens will remain on garments and linens, eventually causing surgical site infections in patients. Cost-benefit analyses reveal that the costs associated with tending to HAIs that may result from improperly laundered articles may far outweigh that of investing in a certified healthcare launderer, such as ImageFIRST Chicago.
To learn more about the importance of obtaining healthcare-accredited laundering services, or to contact ImageFIRST Chicago for more information on the company's sanitized gowns, scrubs, uniforms, and sheets for healthcare in Chicago or nearby, visit http://chicago.imagefirst.com.
Founded in 1967, ImageFIRST is the largest and fastest growing national linen rental and laundry service specializing in the outpatient medical market. ImageFIRST's 36 locations nationwide serve over 5,500 medical offices every week, providing linen, patient gowns, scrubs and much more while partnering with facilities to better manage linen inventory. With a customer retention rate of over 95%, ImageFIRST is dedicated to improving patient satisfaction through quality linens and remarkable service: their Comfort Care gowns product line increases patients' favorable perception of a facility by more than 50%.
To learn more about the ImageFIRST in Chicago, IL, please visit their website at http://chicago.imagefirst.com.