ORLANDO, Fla.--RepScrubs® has signed an agreement with Premier, a healthcare improvement company with one of the nation’s largest healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs), to provide more hospitals with one-time-use, recyclable surgical scrubs for the thousands of surgical equipment sales representatives who visit operating rooms every day. Under the agreement, a direct sourcing subsidiary of Premier Inc., S2S Global, will begin manufacturing an exclusive line of RepScrubs®, which will be offered to Premier’s alliance of hospitals and health systems.
“Surgical sales representatives provide a valuable service and are essential business partners within the healthcare spectrum, but the ‘street scrubs’ they often wear throughout the day while traveling from hospital to hospital may carry deadly pathogens that can pose a danger to both patients and the public,” said Jeff Feuer, President and CEO of RepScrubs.
The RepScrubs system offers hospitals a unique way of improving hospital security, infection prevention initiatives, and adherence to industry guidelines. It reduces costs while enabling hospitals to better control and manage vendor access. Hospitals install a RepScrubs ScrubPort, which vends a complete recyclable surgical outfit each time a surgical sales rep enters a member facility. The RepScrubs® software and reporting allow hospital staff to monitor and manage vendors’ access to ORs and clinical staff areas while shifting the cost of that vendor’s attire back to the vendor.
RepScrubs® enables the hospital to ensure every rep entering an operating room is wearing clean scrubs dispensed on-site, and is properly documented as adhering to sterile protocol and industry guidelines, giving administrators a new tool in fighting hospital acquired infections (HAIs).
According to a study published by the “American Journal of Infection Control” and conducted by the University of Arizona, “some 79 percent of unwashed operating room scrubs tested positive for gram positive cocci.” In a separate study by Duke University Hospital, new bacteria was found on nurses’ scrubs following their shifts about one out of every six times; the most common bacteria found on the scrubs was Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA.
Switching to RepScrubs® outfits from hospital-provided cotton scrubs can help hospitals bolster their infection prevention to help tackle HAIs and improve patient outcomes, lowering both direct costs associated with providing and laundering scrubs, and indirect costs associated with surgical site infections (SSIs). According to the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” the average cost of one SSI is $22,785. By employing RepScrubs, hospitals can bolster their infection prevention to help tackle HAIs and create better patient outcomes while lowering costs.
For more information about RepScrubs, visit www.RepScrubs.com.
RepScrubs provides healthcare facilities with time-sensitive vendor attire that improves infection prevention and vendor management protocols, while reducing costs. The RepScrubs system includes real-time vendor tracking reports for hospital staff about who has been to the operating room. For more information, visit www.repscrubs.com.