Partnership Delivers Infection Prevention Training To Hospitals
UMF Corporation, advocate for research and development of high-performance textiles for infection prevention and commercial cleaning, has teamed with Logan’s Healthcare Linen Systems to deliver high performance PerfectCLEAN microfiber products and training to almost 20 hospitals and surgical centers in the Midwest.
In addition to offering PerfectCLEAN color-coded products – including reusable microfiber wipers, mops, accessories and hardware – UMF Corporation partners with Logan’s to deliver its best-in-class Hygiene Specialist® Training program, which introduces environmental services (ES) staff to the company’s color-coded, ONEperROOM methodology for reducing the risk of cross-contamination throughout hospitals and surgical centers. The program has been so well received among healthcare providers that some hospitals are bonusing ES staff who complete the training.
“Thanks to partners such as Logan’s, most savvy hospitals know that reusable microfiber products are the most effective for infection prevention and control,” says UMF Corporation CEO George Clarke. “The most sophisticated C-Suite healthcare executives understand that ES staff is critical to improving patient outcomes, elevating the facility’s reputation and boosting financial health. Coupling high performance microfiber textiles with ES staff training is the best way to help reduce the risk of hospital associated infections (HAIs). The fact that healthcare providers are starting to bonus staff who completed the training is a testament to this.”
Logan’s has provided outsourced healthcare linen and laundry services since 1925. Its track record of reliability and efficiency has established the provider as the go-to resource for healthcare specialists throughout its region, which includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.
“When I first started calling on hospitals in our area almost a decade ago, many were still using mops and rags for cleaning, and I saw an opportunity to educate them about the benefits of microfiber,” said Daisy Sims, sales manager, Logan’s Healthcare Linen Systems. “UMF Corporation’s PerfectCLEAN products were superior to any of the other microfiber products we researched. And, Clarke and UMF’s Baldwin Galan were in the process of developing the company’s Hygiene Specialist Training program, which was an ideal way to introduce the products to our customers.”
Through the Hygiene Specialist Training program, ES staff learns best practices for infection prevention, in-service education and effective hygiene management in patient rooms and all other areas. ES staff also earns much-deserved recognition through the program, which includes a recognition ceremony and an environmental hygiene specialist pin recognizing their achievement.
Clarke Regional Medical Center in Kentucky is one hospital that worked closely with Logan’s and UMF Corporation. Clarke’s hygiene specialist ceremonies included the CEO, CFO and other hospital heads, some of whom publicly acknowledged how important ES staff is to the hospital.
Adds Sims, “ES staff save lives on a daily basis. We want them to learn grow, and understand the importance of their daily work. Since we started working with UMF and introducing its products and training to our customers, they’ve remarked on a decrease in HAIs and an increase in patient satisfaction scores. The program helps the whole hospital, and is a win all the way around – for patients, ES staff, clinicians and hospital leadership alike.”
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