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Focused Factories - November 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s I D E A S T H A T W O R K L A U N D R Y S A V I N G S The Switch to Paper Bed Sheets I was grow- ing tired of our exorbi- tant laundry bills for our linens, so we switched to paper dispos- able sheets and pillow cases. Guess what. At 50 cents a sheet, not only are we saving about $300 a month, but the paper sheets are soft and comfortable, look great and are impervious to liquids. They're also fitted for a neat look on our 8 stretcher beds and are strong enough to let us move a patient on the bed if need be. We were paying $2.50 a pound to launder our linens; if they were wet, the linens were heavier and we'd be charged more. It was coming out to about $80 a day. Our vendor brought in different grades of paper sheet samples for us to trial for a week to make sure everyone liked them. Our patients didn't even notice that they were lying on paper. Candy Ranshaw, RN, BSN Squaw Peak Surgical Facility Candy Ranshaw, RN, BSN z PAPER CUTS Disposable bed sheets made of paper are an economical, environmentally friendly choice. Phoenix, Ariz. cmranshaw@aol.com

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