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United Hospital Services Maintains Strict Hygiene and Reduces Waste

RAIN RFID helps UHS and hospitals track isolation gowns throughout their life cycle, protecting patients and staff while reducing inventory waste.

Reducing waste and maintaining hygiene with RAIN RFID

Isolation gowns are an essential asset for a hospital, preventing cross-contamination and keeping patients and staff safer. To protect patients and healthcare workers, hospital staff must change gowns every time they enter a room, resulting in up to 70 gown changes per room, per day. Some healthcare providers choose single-use isolation gowns to ensure strict hygiene standards, but waste can add up quickly.

United Hospital Services uses a RAIN RFID solution from Positek and Impinj to track each isolation gown. This solution:

  • enables the identification and tracking of each gown
  • easily tracks washing cycles per gown and individual gown life cycle
  • reduces inventory costs by allowing hospitals to safely and hygienically reuse isolation gowns
  • increases accuracy in inventory counts
  • improves productivity by making it easier to sort and count gowns and track usage
  • increases efficiency by quickly counting pieces per bag or bundle

Every gown tracked automatically throughout the life cycle

Using the Positek Textile Track solution, United Hospital Services was able to automate gown tracking, easily pull gowns from service at the end of life, and speed up the inspection and packaging processes. Using RAIN RFID tags and readers with the Positek RFID solution, United Hospital Services now ships an average of 20,000 reusable isolation gowns per day and tracks 250,000 gowns in circulation.

Positek Textile Track solution at work

  • Each gown has a RAIN RFID tag providing an associated, unique ID number added at the original intake
  • Once used, each gown is sent out to be cleaned and tracked as they arrive at United Hospital Services receiving 
  • Gowns are laundered, sorted, and bundled for hospital delivery - tracking each gown as it is moved 
  • Once a gown reaches maximum allowable cycles, the gown is destroyed
  • Gowns are tracked at all transition points using Impinj Speedway RAIN RFID readers

Saving time, money, and the environment 

Making reusable competitive with disposable
By improving the processes behind isolation gown management, this solution makes sorting gowns and tracking the number of uses more straightforward and accurate. This process improvement makes reusable gowns a viable option compared to disposable gowns, helping hospitals save money and reduce waste.

Immediate inventory insights
With every isolation gown tracked, United Hospital Services can capture insights about their inventory as a whole, in bundles, as well as each gown. This tracking allows the hospitals to reduce on-hand inventory to what they actually need for additional savings. 

Automatically saving time and resources
Since each isolation gown has a unique RAIN RFID identification number, gowns can be sorted quickly and automatically by size, speeding up the inspection and packaging processes, reducing labor costs, and saving time. The system can also report the number of uses and automatically identify each gown that has reached its maximum number and should be destroyed.

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Asset Management Customer Story Healthcare Hospitality Linen & Uniform Tracking Impinj Readers Loss Prevention Patient Care & Experience

Friday, June 4, 2021


United Hospital Services

United Hospital Services provides laundry services that give clients the peace of mind that the linens they receive are hygienically clean, environmentally friendly, and meet the healthcare industry’s highest standards. United Hospital Services is among the largest cooperative laundries in the country, with a 116,000-square-foot facility that can process more than 50 million pounds of linen each year.

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Positek RFID, Inc.

Positek RFID, Inc.

Complete RFID Systems, Solutions, and Integration for the Textile Maintenance Industry

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