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Textile Management Awash in Green Opportunities

By Julie E. Williamson
Healthcare Purchasing News

Regardless of whether a healthcare organization is already embarking upon a widespread greening initiative or is just beginning to explore its eco-friendly options, many experts would agree that textile management is ripe for comprehensive assessment and process improvement.

While textiles are certainly an integral part of providing patient care--from bed linens, underpads and patient gowns to lab coats, scrubs and a myriad of other items--it's safe to say that managing them effectively is no easy undertaking. Hospitals with more than 300 beds use between 21 and 22 pounds of textiles per patient day, according to the 2005 Comparative Operating Revenues and Expense Profile for the Healthcare Textile Maintenance Industry, which has an obvious and significant impact on both the environmental and the bottom line.

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