New biodegradable soiled linen bags arrive at Richmond Hospital, Monday
The Recyclable Plastic Linen Blue Bag program begins Monday and Tuesday at Richmond Hospital with the introduction of new biodegradable plastic bags and hampers put into use across all units.
The program, which has already been successfully in place for a number of years throughout the lower mainland, will replace the cloth/nylon linen bags and spring-loaded hamper stands currently in use across Richmond Hospital.
Features of the new program:
- Recyclable plastic bags prevent/reduce leakage, odor, and are biodegradable.
- Capacity limited to 13-15 pounds of soiled linen to prevent over-filling / heavy lifting.
- All bags are biodegradable and recyclable into other plastic goods.
- Ergonomic advantages over cloth / nylon:
- Hold less linen / lighter load.
- Impervious to fluids; no need to carry “away from body”
- “Hands Free” hampers with lids/foot pedals.
- Clearly labeled identifiable bags to deposit soiled linen
K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., the supplier of bags and hampers, will be on site throughout the transition to answer any questions about the new hampers or bags.
Step 1: Place new bag inside soiled linen hamper and lift white locking bar.
Step 2: Tuck the opening edge of the bag over the locking bar, and inside the chrome frame tubing.
Step 3: Lower the locking bar and pull the opening edge of the bag down approx. 4″ to ensure bag is held securely.
Step 4: When bag is approximately ¾ full, lift locking bar to release bag of soiled linen.
Step 5: Tie bag securely with a double knot, and place in soiled linen cart, chute or utility room.