University of Washington
Consolidated Laundry Operations
To take a tour of our laundry call Carol O'Hara at (206) 520-4722 or (206) 465-9982.
To assist our customers, to effectively and efficiently manage linen resources and costs, while maintaining quality patient care and comfort.
A cooperative hospital laundry.
To contact this laundry: firstname.lastname@example.org
2901 27th Avenue S. Seattle, WA 98144
Fax: 206-520-4720 206-520-4720
Campus Box: 358270
In an effort to help the environment, we began recycling plastic linen bags in 2003.
In 2005, we installed AquaRecycle, which is a water recycling program. This new system saves not only water, but gas which is used to heat the water. The U.W. Consolidated Laundry received the Water Conservation Award for Best Businesses for an environmentally sustainable tomorrow.
We are aggressively pursuing energy conservation programs with Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy, and Seattle Public Utilities.
The Consolidated Laundry follows Standard Precautions, if you would like to view the standard Precautions, please open the following MS Word document. precaution.doc
The following is the current standard daily order form available for download in an MS Excel format. orderform.xls
Please fill in your information and fax to 206-520-4720. If you have any questions please call Ciria Cabatic at 206-520-4700.
If you have questions regarding lab coats, scrubs, or embroidery call and ask for Carol O'Hara or call directly to 206-520-4722. In the event I may not be reached, please call Agnes Tabasan at 206-520-4718. The lab coat order form may be downloaded on the "orders" link at the bottom of the page.
Due to ongoing and significant losses of hospital linen to patient transport providers, the following policy was implemented by 32 hospitals between Bellingham and Olympia on October 1, 1998. Our cooperative laundry system loses substantial amounts in linen each year due to ambulance transfers. This policy helps reduce our linen use replacement costs.
I. When you have a patient transfer via ambulance or cabulance, make sure our linen stays where it belongs - in the hospital.
II. Ambulance and cabulance companies must now provide all of their own linen.
Consolidated Laundry cooperative members have agreed to use the following "Linen Inspection Criteria" for minimum quality standards. The following documents list each linen inventory item and the minimum standard for that item.
All damaged line should be returned to the laundry in a yellow bag to distinguish it to the laundry as rejected linen. The yellow bags should then be added into the soiled linen carts. The Consolidated Laundry will inspect the items to determine if it is possible to mend the item or if it is necessary to discard the item.
The soiled linen is picked up from each hospital and taken to Consolidated Laundry in the Rainier Valley. We are willing to give tours, just call to set up a time.
Soiled and clean linen are kept on separate floors.
It is then sorted by article type in the Laundry's soil sorting room. This is important because each item will then be washed in a special formula determined for the kind of fabric, weight, and use of that article.
All linen washing formulas are tested to provide the user with a perfect pH balance of human skin. We monitor and test the washing formulas several times per day.
Soiled linen is loaded in "pockets" on a tunnel washer from the second floor, from there it is transported inside a tunnel, where the appropriate water, chemicals, and mechanical action take place.
The "load" of laundry is approximately 100 pounds, depending on the item, at the end of an extended wash cycle the material is extracted and compressed into a pancake the size of a a semi-truck tire and placed on a conveyor. Then two pancakes are placed into a dryer for approximately 20 minutes.
The dry laundry is then dumped and loaded into carts and moved into the appropriate finishing area (rough dry, flat work, or the pack room).
When the laundry has been finished, it is then placed in carts ready for shipment.
To Our Patients:
This hospital is working to conserve water, natural gas, and electricity. As part of this effort, your bed linen will be changed every other day, unless it is necessary to be done more frequently. However, patient care and comfort remains our highest priority.
If you wish to have your linen changed more frequently, please let your caregiver know.
Linen Awareness Day-Contact Carol O'Hara at 206-520-4722 or cell phone 206-465-9982 to discuss possible dates and ideas.
Linen Challenges (Puzzles)-Print the following MS Word file and learn more about linen or contact Carol O'Hara to customize for your specific needs. hmcawareness.doc
Laundry Tours-Contact the laundry at 206-520-4700 or Carol O'Hara to set up a time for a tour.
Last Updated: 05/02/08