Infection Control Program Saves Hospital Money
Contributed by UMF Corporation
UMF Corporation, a manufacturer of color-coded cleaning products, partnered with Baptist Easley Hospital, Easily, South Carolina, providing a comprehensive PCPLUS program in support of ensuring safe patient environments. With PCPLUS, the hospital was able to cut its monthly laundry management costs in half, support infection prevention, decrease environmental impact and free up capital.
PCPLUS is a comprehensive, all-inclusive program that includes customized commercial washers and dryers that are technology-enabled for efficient water and chemical use; high-performance, color-coded flat mops and wipers; hardware; and all other products required to process patient environments. On-site hygiene specialist and operating room (OR) processing training are included in the program. PCPLUS also consists of ongoing equipment maintenance, a comprehensive warranty, parts and service, and annual loss-replacement of PerfectCLEAN products based on customer requirements.
“Through PCPLUS, we immediately realized monthly savings,” says Harriet Lugo-Weaver, environmental services supervisor at Baptist Easley. “Infection prevention is a top priority for Baptist Easley, and with PCPLUS, we’re easily able to meet our stringent infection prevention and environmental services standards, as well as patient satisfaction needs. In addition, with PCPLUS, we are reducing capital costs and ensuring maximum environmental sustainability via reduced water and energy usage.”
As part of the program, Baptist Easley uses a 45-pound steam washer — which easily attains a constant wash and rinse temperature at the CDC-recommended 160 degrees Fahrenheit — and a 65-pound dryer, also steam heated to ensure a temperature range sufficient to provide thermal disinfection. Baptist Easley also benefits from color-coded PerfectCLEAN products and environmental services training to support optimal infection prevention throughout the hospital.
“PCPLUS is the only program that combines the financial flexibility of outsourcing with the superior quality and control of on-site processing,” says George Clarke, CEO of UMF Corporation. “It is tax advantaged because it can be written off as an expense without laundry equipment on the balance sheet — so, no capital is tied up in the equipment. With PCPLUS, laundering becomes a utility service — just like water, gas, and electricity. Furthermore, as a patient service, it qualifies for CMS reimbursement.”
With PCPLUS, customers conserve capital resources while ensuring product availability and optimal infection prevention. PCPLUS innovations include:
— Comprehensive 3-par inventory
— Automatic water savings (AWS)
— Smart dosing
— Eco-Power dryer
— Hygiene Specialist Training
— OR processing
“We’ve been using the PCPLUS program for more than three years, and we’ve been very satisfied with the program,” says Lugo-Weaver. “From the start, UMF Corporation has served as a true partner to Baptist Easley. Initially, their team worked closely with our facilities department to ensure seamless implementation of PCPLUS hardware, determining an optimal hospital location for the hardware, and working with an outside contractor to run water, steam, drain, intake and exhaust ducting, and electricity to the room. Since then, they’ve provided us with regular training and support whenever issues arise.”