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As Needed Bed Change Linen Policy

As Needed Bed Change Linen Policy. Team Members: Mary Mathew, Curtis Pouncy, Carl Powell, and Bill Brown . Opportunity Statement:. Improve LUHS’ linen utilization as well as decrease our linen processing and replacement costs throughout the organization. Goal:.

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As Needed Bed Change Linen Policy

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  1. As Needed Bed Change Linen Policy Team Members: Mary Mathew, Curtis Pouncy, Carl Powell, and Bill Brown

  2. Opportunity Statement: • Improve LUHS’ linen utilization as well as decrease our linen processing and replacement costs throughout the organization

  3. Goal: • The Goal was to decrease Linen pounds per patient day by 6 pounds per patient.

  4. Most likely causes identified: • Storing linens in patient rooms; • Using linens for inappropriate purposes, such as cleaning floors, etc.; • Red bagging linens; • And, throwing linens away.

  5. Solutions Implemented: • Developed a conservation program at LUHS designed to help protect our natural resources by conserving water and exposing fewer chemicals into the environment; • Implemented a formal “as needed” bed change policy – educated staff through an in-service program; • Educated patients using table tents in patient care areas;

  6. Solutions Implemented: • We conducted Linen awareness days to educate staff by asking them questions regarding linen usage in the Hospital, such as “How many wash cloths do we buy each year?” And “ How much does it cost to wash blankets every year?”

  7. 20 19 18 Mean = 17.61 Target = 16.94 Pounds 17 16 15 Jul-04 Sep-04 Feb-05 Nov-04 Jan-05 Results: Data Analysis Pounds of Linen Per Patient Day Pounds Per Patient Day Rate We were able to reduce linen pounds per patient day while maintaining a higher census, and reducing our overall Linen purchases.

  8. 2500 2000 1500 1000 Cost Savings Rate Mean = 206.49 500 0 -500 Feb-05 Jul-04 Jan-05 Sep-04 Nov-04 Data: Pounds Per Patient Day Cost Savings TOTAL LAUNDRY AND LINEN COST PER PATIENT DAY SEPTEMBER 2002 $ 11.88 SEPTEMBER 2004 $ 9.62

  9. Results: POUNDS PER PATIENT DAY SEPTEMBER 2002 27.59 PATIENT DAYS SEPTEMBER 2002 11,131 POUNDS PER PATIENT DAY SEPTEMBER 2004 21.88 PATIENT DAYS SEPTEMBER 2004 11,875

  10. Conclusions: • By instituting our formal “As Needed Bed Change” Policy, LUHS has reduced it’s Linen pounds per patient day by 4 pounds per patient day.

  11. Next Steps: Continued monitoring among units to ensure that our gains in bed linen utilization are not lost.

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