Better care starts with safety and comfort.

Commercial Laundries Can Help Hospitals Improve Patient Satisfaction

By Chris Farrell, Vice President, Sales
September 2017

 

Hospital administrations are more conscious than ever that every detail of a patient's experience can influence how they rate their level of care. A patient's needs may change, but every patient has to come in contact with linen in some way while within the hospital. Commercial laundries have an opportunity to help hospitals potentially improve patient satisfaction with quality textiles, specifically innovative patient apparel solutions that increase a patient's comfort within the hospital environment.

The patient onboarding process can be uncomfortable. Typically, a patient is instructed to strip their clothing, remove their personal belongings, and dress in a less-than-flattering and hardly comforting hospital gown. Offering comfortable, full coverage gowns is a simple way to enhance comfort for a patient early on in their experience.

Quality patient apparel may enhance the patient experience

Patients come in all different sizes, heights and body shapes, so gowns should too. It is unrealistic to think that a "one size fits all" patient apparel approach would meet every patient's needs. Patient apparel can even impact safety; a gown that is too long and drags on the ground could pose a safety hazard and put a patient at risk of falling.

Modesty majorly impacts patient experience. Sizes that accommodate patients who are very tall, overweight, or obese could be key to elevating their comfort level. By offering a small variety of sizes, you can better accommodate all patients, from petite to plus-size, and ensure that no patient feels singled-out due to their size.

Patients also need apparel that is comfortable, durable, and non-transparent. Gowns that have faded due to excessive laundering cycles can appear thin and worn and not offer the confidence that they'll protect the patient's modesty. Modern patient apparel is designed with higher-performance synthetic fabrics for colorfastness and durability against becoming threadbare.

Comfortable, durable, and non-transparent apparel

Higher quality patient apparel can be efficient

The healthcare apparel products of today are unlike the uncomfortable, modesty-lacking relics of the past. Hospitals have the option to choose from many different products, in varying sizes and colors. They can even purchase apparel based on specific unit needs. When your hospital maintains a supply of patient apparel in sizes and textures that match the varying needs of your patient population, you waste less time, products, and laundering services while protecting your patient’s modesty. Gone are the days of doubling up on gowns or tracking down extra robes when you can accommodate each patient with one simple garment designed to fit their body.

The healthcare apparel products of today are unlike the uncomfortable, modesty-lacking relics of the past. Today, hospitals have the option to choose from many different products, in varying sizes and colors. When a hospital maintains a supply of patient apparel in sizes and textures that match the varying needs of the patient population, hospitals can conserve time and product all while protecting patient modesty.

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