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By Rich Handley

ImageFIRST Introduces Managed Solutions for Tracking Scrubs, Lab Coats

ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists has recently introduced managed scrubs and lab coat solutions to medical facilities nationwide, utilizing RFID technology. Health systems and surgery centers often struggle with managing scrubs inventory, the company reports. These challenges can arise from having insufficient inventory, stocking the wrong sizes or staff members accidentally wearing their scrubs home, all of which can cause inventory shortages and costly replacement purchases.

To address these challenges and ensure that medical facilities in Atlanta, Ga. (and elsewhere throughout the United States) have all the health-care gowns and other linen products they require, ImageFIRST has developed fully managed solutions utilizing UHF RFID technology. The solutions are designed to provide accurate, real-time inventory reporting to customers.

"Our clients are already using this technology to monitor hospital equipment, so it made sense to use it for scrubs," said Jay Juffre, ImageFIRST's VP of operations and national service director, in a prepared statement. "Our use of UHF RFID enables us to easily keep track of who borrowed scrubs and when they were returned, and to provide that information back to the administrator."

Leveraging UHF RFID technology allows ImageFIRST to help medical facilities proactively avoid scrub shortages, minimize loss, ensure that they have the right sizes and keep personnel accountable. Medical offices and health system departments can work with ImageFIRST to create their own management program designed to meet their needs. They are able to select styles of scrubs or lab coats, choose the inventory-management program that works for them, pick storage solutions and add proactive guarantee options.

ImageFIRST offers scrubs and lab coats in women's, men's and unisex sizes, including tall and petite. Once a medical facility selects its apparel, it can also choose an inventory-management program. ImageFIRST then sizes each staff member to ensure a proper fit. Customers can opt in to have staff apparel embroidered to personalize scrubs and lab coats with logos and lettering. Medical facilities can request these management programs, as well as other linen services and solutions, from ImageFIRST.

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