According to the CDC, U.S. hospitals produce more than 5 billion pounds of laundry each year—which makes managing healthcare linens a never-ending task. South Shore Hospital, a provider of acute, outpatient, home health and hospice care, was one of the first facilities to address this challenge by using Beantown Bedding's innovative Laundry-Free Linens®.
After a steady increase in inpatient admissions, South Shore Hospital sought to better prepare for emergencies, which often led to shortages of beds, linens and transportation. Many staff members would have unexpected overnight stays during emergencies and would require linens themselves, which meant conserving bed sheets and keeping a close eye on supplies. The hospital also had concerns about its regular linen provider; during a recent winter storm, the linen provider was unable to make deliveries and the hospital was at risk of running out of clean sheets.
South Shore Hospital turned to Beantown Bedding to accommodate its staff. Laundry-Free Linens® are surprisingly soft, eco-disposable sheets that were the perfect solution for workers staying overnight. The grab 'n go sets are not only convenient (no washing), there was also no guilt in discarding them as they are entirely compostable. Having Laundry-Free Linens® on hand also helped the hospital regulate linen levels and ensure that a sufficient supply of clean linen was always available.
Working with the Director of Environmental Services and Emergency Planning Manager, Beantown Bedding was able to deliver comfort, support and convenience to hospital staff members. And since Laundry-Free Linens® are biodegradable and hypoallergenic, they are also being considered as a potential solution for additional departments within the hospital.