The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) has re-accredited the K-Bro Linen Systems operating plant in Burnaby, British Columbia. Edmonton, Alberta-based K-Bro Linen systems is the largest owner and operator of laundry and linen processing facilities in Canada.
HLAC is an independent, nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries that process reusable textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities - based on the highest, professionally recognized standards for patient safety and infection prevention.
HLAC accreditations means the K-Bro/Burnaby laundry meets HLAC Accreditation Standards, which are established as the minimum acceptable practice for the preparation of hygienically clean, reusable healthcare textiles for patient care, implemented and executed by accredited laundry facilities processing reusable healthcare textiles. The facility is accredited until 2020, having successfully passed a voluntary inspection relating to its complete textile processing cycle. K-Bro's Calgary facility received re-accreditation in September 2016.
"HLAC accreditation makes for a firm and fast connection with our healthcare customers," said Linda McCurdy, K-Bro president and CEO. "Knowing we're accredited tells them that we share the same goals when it comes to patient safety. It's a clear advantage that those without HLAC accreditation cannot share."
An independent contractor - trained on HLAC standards - conducts inspections for accreditation. The K-Bro inspection included a rigorous review of the Burnaby facility, from handling and transporting soiled healthcare textiles, to in-plant processing and delivery back to the customer - more than 600 standards have to be met to receive HLAC accreditation.
HLAC's standards are internationally recognized. The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) has awarded its AHE Seal of Review and Recognition™ to the HLAC Accreditation Standards document.
"K-Bro enjoys a distinct reputation in the industry," said John Scherberger, HLAC board president. "We are proud to be able to place them among our roster of leading healthcare launderers that have received HLAC accreditation." For more information, www.hlacnet.org, on Twitter @NewsHlac.
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