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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

As Needed Bed Change Linen Policy

Team Members:

Mary Mathew, Curtis Pouncy, Carl Powell, and Bill Brown

opportunity statement
Opportunity Statement:
  • Improve LUHS’ linen utilization as well as decrease our linen processing and replacement costs throughout the organization
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Goal:
  • The Goal was to decrease Linen pounds per patient day by 6 pounds per patient.
most likely causes identified
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.
solutions implemented
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;
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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?”
results data analysis

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Mean = 17.61

Target = 16.94 Pounds

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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.

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Cost Savings Rate

Mean = 206.49

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-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

results
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

conclusions
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.
next steps

Next Steps:

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