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NEW — Summary of Lifecycle Analysis of Isolation Gowns: Reusable and Disposable
By E. Vozzola, M. Overcash, E Griffing of Environmental Clarity. October 2017
New research comparing reusable and disposable isolation gowns. Study commissioned and sponsored by ARTA's LCA Committee.

The Basics on Ebola and Textiles: Information for You and Your Clients
ARTA has prepared this resource document to help members address any issues regarding the Ebola virus and their operations. All members are encouraged to consult with the CDC for the latest information.

RESEARCH THAT SUPPORTS THE USE OF REUSABLE TEXTILES VS. SINGLE-USE DISPOSABLES

Lifecycle Analysis of Cleanroom Coveralls: Reusable and Disposable
By E. Vozzola, M. Overcash, E Griffing of Environmental Clarity. March 2015
New research comparing reusable and disposable cleanroom coveralls. Study commissioned by ARTA's Cleanroom Committee.

Guidance Documents from Practice Greenhealth on Greening the OR
Greening the Operating Room Series. By Practice Greenhealth
These documents offer important best practices and case studies you can share with healthcare clients who may not belong to Practice Greenhealth.
NOTE: You can always access the most up-to-date version of this case study by visiting here.

Eco-efficiency Analysis Incontinence Bed Pads: White Paper
Analysis performed by BASF according to the methodology validated by NSF International under the requirements of Protocol P352.

Comparison of Bacteria on New Disposable Home and Hospital Laundered Scrubs
By Jeanne M. Nordstorm, Ph.D; Kelly A. Reynolds, Ph.D, and Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D. American Journal of Infection Control, 2012
Uniform contamination from home-laundered scrubs is a growing issue. This case study outlines the importance of medical personnel using a hospital-laundry service vs. washing at home.

Expertise Hygiene and Safety of Surgical Gowns and Drapes
By CliniCum Magazine, December 2010
A discussion about reusable surgical gowns vs. disposable surgical gowns. Examining factors of cost, safety and environment friendliness.

Professional Textile Cleaning
By Cinet, presented at Clean 2011
Comparison of the sustainability of household washing and drying versus professional textile cleaning.

Industrial Washing and Drying
By Cinet, presented at Clean 2011
Comparison of on-premise laundry versus washing in an industrial textile service company.

Industrial Laundry and Dry Cleaning
By Cinet, presented at Clean 2011
Comparison of household washing and drying of work wear versus industrial washing of the same.

MnTAP Research Gives Reusable Surgical Textiles Environmental Advantage
By A. J. Van den Berghe and Catherine Zimmer, Abstract published June 2011
Researchers at the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, conducted a life cycle assesment (LCA) on reusable surgical gowns versus single-use disposables. The research indicates reusable surgical textiles are the more sustainable choice.

AORN Journal: Reducing Medical Waste
By Julie Conrady, RN, MSN, CNOR; Mart Hillanbrand, RN, MSN, CNOR;
Sandra Myers, RN, MSN, CNOR; George F. Nussbaum, RN, EdM, PhD, CNOR
Researchers conducted a comparison project in the ORs of two large medical centers to evaluate the effects of using reusable surgical items in place of disposable products. Survey results indicated that surgeons and surgical technologists found the reusable products preferable to the disposable products. In addition, reusable products provided a means to decrease regulated medical waste generated in the OR by an average of 65%. AORN J 91 (June 2010) 711-721. © AORN, Inc, 2010. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2009.12.029

Bacterial Contamination of Surgical Scrubs and Laundering Mechanisms: Infection Control Implications
Infection Control Today magazine, Copyright 2010
By Carolyn L. Twomey, RN, BSN; Heather Beitz, BA, MEd; and Helen Boehm Johnson, MD
Home-laundering is not as effective as facility or third-party laundering in decontaminating surgical scrub attire.

UniTech Shares Life Cycle Research on Reusable Protective Work Wear 2010
 

E.T.S.A. Studies Gives Textile Services the Sustainability Advantage
The European Textile Services Association (ETSA) studies show industrial workwear and surgical gowns provide a reduced carbon footprint.

Australian Surgical Gown LCA 2008
This Report has been prepared for The Australian Industry Group and the Textile Rental and Laundry Association (Victoria) by the Centre for Design at RMIT University.

ETSA Textile Rental Market Survey 2007
A survey by the European Textile Services Association

Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 2003
Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Recommendations of CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee

The Benefits of Reusable Surgical Textiles
By the European Textile Services Association
This article describes what the European Standard EN13795 means for reusable textiles.

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PUBLISHED ARTICLES

Glove and Gown Effects of Intraoperative Bacterial Contamination
By Michael Overcash, Ph.D. Letter to the Editor, submitted to Annals of Surgery, June 2014

New Innovations in Reusable OR Textiles
By Angie O’Connor, Director, Clinical Resources - Acute Care, Encompass Group, LLC
This article will provide an overview of the environmental, cost, and provider comfort issues and outline the steps to consider when evaluating reusable gowns and drapes.

Biocidal Textiles and Prevention of Transmission of Infectious Diseases
By Gang Sun, University of California, Davis, USA

A Comparison of Reusable and Disposable Perioperative
Michael Overcash, PhD, Industrial and Manufacturing
Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wichita
State University

Textiles: Sustainability State-of-the-Art 2012
Michael Overcash, PhD, Industrial and Manufacturing
Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wichita
State University

Reusable Medical Textiles
How Reusable OR Textiles Reduce Waste
By Nancy Jenkins, Executive Director, ARTA, Mission, Kan.
Arab Medical Hygiene magazine, October 2012

What Hospitals Want from Their Laundry (Part 1 of 2)
EVS managers, nurses and laundry operators share viewpoints on what clients want from healthcare linen providers
By Nancy Jenkins, Executive Director, ARTA, Mission, Kan.
American Laundry News, Feb. 28, 2012

What Hospitals Want from Their Laundry (Part 2 of 2)
EVS managers, nurses and laundry operators share viewpoints on what clients want from healthcare linen providers
By Nancy Jenkins, Executive Director, ARTA, Mission, Kan.
American Laundry News, Feb. 28, 2012

How to Reduce Waste by Increasing Use of Reusable Medical Textiles
By Nancy Jenkins, Executive Director, ARTA, Mission, Kan.
Isolation gowns, surgical packs, gowns, and drapes can reduce waste and save dollars
*Reprinted with permission from Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management.www.ahrmm.org

The University of Maryland Medical Center: Reusable Textiles in the OR
By Practice Greenhealth
Greening the OR.org: A case study on the University of Maryland Medical Center's use of reusable textiles in the operating room.

The Business Case for Greening the OR
Greening the Operating Room Series, April 2011
By Practice Greenhealth
Why focus on the OR? This article provides nine Best Practices to reduce waste and cut costs in the OR.

Kaiser Permanente-Generation II Hospital Sustainability Scorecard
By Kaiser Permanente, April 2011
Kaiser Permanente has issued a Generation II Sustainability Scorecard that is included as part of its RFP process for the nearly $1 billion in medical products it purchases each year. Note that not only are supplier's products being scrutinized for their sustainability footprint, but the supplier's operations are also included.

Would You Hug Your Child Wearing Soiled Scrubs?
Outpatient Surgery, April 2009
By James Ballard, MBA
Home laundering vs. professional laundering

ARTA Responds to Healthcare Purchasing News Article
Healthcare Purchasing News, April 2009
By ARTA Legislative Director Howard Zins
Howard Zins responds to inaccurate article and makes the case for reusable textiles

Change and Opportunity: Medicare Reform and the Advantages of Reusables
Textile Rental Magazine, March 2005
By Howard Zins
Reusable textiles can help congress get a handle on healthcare costs

Barrier Materials New Standard - What It Means to the Healthcare Textile Rental Indusry
Textile Rental Magazine, March 2005
By Nathan L. Belkin, Ph.D.
Customer-savvy textile rental operators need to understand their professional requirements.

Reusable Barrier Fabrics - User Needs Drive Development Efforts
Textile Rental Magazine, March 2005
By Brad Bushman
Understanding the role of barrier fabrics can help you sell the benefits of reusables.

Homogeneity of Single-Use and Reusable Surgical Textiles
NOWHERE Marketing Communications, September 2003
By Christiaan Meijer
Comparison of the homogeneity of single use and reusable surgical textiles.

Reusable Surgical Textile Products Offer Cost, Environmental Benefits
Medical and Hygiene Report, March 2003
By Howard M. Zins
Evaluation of benefits offered by reusable surgical textile products.

But Will It Come Out in the Wash?
Textile Rental Magazine, October 2002
By Nathan L. Belkin, Ph.D.
The rising incidence of treatment-resistant microorganisms spurs renewed emphasis of effective laundry processing.

Barrier Surgical Gowns and Drapes: Just How Necessary Are They?
Textile Rental Magazine, July 2002
By Nathan L. Belkin, Ph.D.
50 years after the arrival of barrier gowns, a more definitive testing method is needed to help surgical personnel determine the level of protection they need.

Gowns and Drapes for the "Level of Exposure Anticipated"
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, May 2002
By Nathan L. Belkin, Ph.D.

Crisis In U.S. Textiles
ATMI Supplement to Textile Industries, August 2001
By the Office of the Chief Economist and the International Trade Division of the
American Textile Manufacturers Institute
The impact of the Asian currency devaluations and the U.S. Government actions urgently needed to rebalance the competitive situation.

The Role of Surgical Gowns, Drapes and Masks in the Generation of Airborne Particulates
AORN Journal, By Nathan L. Belkin, Ph.D.

Protective Apparel: Disposable vs. Reusable
Infection Control Today, March 2000
By Nathan L. Belkin, Ph.D.
Five areas of consideration when comparing disposable vs. reusable protective apparel.

Reusable Textiles: A Single Solution To Healthcare's Multiple Woes
Magazine, February 1996
By Howard M. Zins
Economic, environmental advantages give healthcare administers many reasons to believe in textile rental service.

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PRESENTATIONS

ARTA Education Session at Clean 2013
"Winning Strategies to Control Linen Loss and Waste”
By Mike Kirsch and Dave Balliett, HCSC, Allentown, Pa.
This presentation provides an overview of how you can develop a program that helps clients reduce linen losses and waste.

Proving the Value of Reusables
Presentation outlining the benefits of reusable medical textiles. Given by ARTA Executive Director Nancy Jenkins at the 2014 ALM Conference in Tampa, Fla.

ETSA Forum on Surgical Textiles
February 2012, Brussels
Market development in Europe, updates on European and international technical standards and new test methods as well as the promotion of reusable surgical textiles.

Moving Back to OR Reusables to Reduce Waste
February 17, 2011, by ARTA
Reusable Surgical Textiles: A Means to SAve Money and Reduce OR Waste Up to 30 Percent

2012 Education Presentations

Overview of Cotton and Textiles Issues in 2012: What to expect
By Tom Langdon, Encompass Group, LLC.

Healthcare Linen Loss Prevention Strategies
By Myles J. Noel, COMTEX (Central Ohio Medical Textiles)

What EVS Managers Want From Their Laundries
By Mike Bailey, CHESP

Closing the Deal: Taming a Three Headed Monster?
By Gary Gallant, Liaison Manager, Mohawk Shared Services

Stop Loss Strategies
By Kevin McElgunn, K-Bro Linen Systems

No More White Gloves
3M Infection Prevention: Cleaning Monitoring In Healthcare Today
By Francis A. Zieman Rn, BSN, MS, CSPDT, Field Technical Service Specialist, 3M Company

Infection Prevention and You

Update on LCA Research
Research consistently gives the advantage to reusable textiles.
By Brad Bushman, Standard Textile

Capturing the Healthcare Sale
By Don Pedder, COO, Reino Linen Service

Selling Reusable Surgical Textiles
“How do I pick-up more packroom business?”
By Dave Fox, Crothall Healthcare

Infection Prevention A Clinical Perspective
By Linda Goss BS, MSN, APRN-BC, CIC
Director, Infection Prevention University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY

Infection Prevention 101: Practices for the Laundry
By Judy Reino, Reino Linen Service

Antimicrobial Textiles
Technology & Regulatory Overview

How to STOP Linen Losses and Retain Profitability
By Michael Kirsch, Director of Customer Service, HCSC Laundry

Is Your Health at Risk?
Hotel Guest, Hospital Patient, or Visitor:
By Steven J. Tinker, ARTA President

Stop Losses Strategies
By Rocco Romeo

2011 ARTA CLEAN PRESENTATIONS

Challenges and Global PTC Services in Current and New Markets
By Dr. Geert Bottger

The Dimensions of Sustainable Processing
By Dr. ir. Henk Gooijer, TKT

Hygiene in Drycleaning
Dr. Manfred Huppertz, Cleanahead Consulting

Price Fighters or Quality Freaks, Who Will Take the Fashion Care Cup
By P.N.M. Wennekes, Secretary General of CINET

Certification of Laundries All Over The World - extra cost or extra profit?
By Dipl. -Kfm. Ludger v. Schoenebeck, Hohenstein Institute

Cotton crisis: A grave challenge for commercial linen users
Report commissioned by the Textile Services Association
White Paper Written and researched by Phil Cain

The Key to a Sustainable and Profitable Future
Dr. ir. Henk Gooijer, TKT

Future market demands according to end users of textile services
By Peter Wennekes, Secretary General of CINET and FTN

(The Lack of) Hygiene in Laundries and Health & Care Organizations
By Dr. Stephen McGoldrick, National President, TRLAA, Australia

2010 EDUCATION CONFERENCE:GREEN SUMMIT - PRESENTATIONS

Green Summit Presentations July 22nd

Univ. Minn. MnTap.LCA
Green Marketing
Converting Paper Accounts to Cloth Rental
Walking the Talk and Helping Market Green Napery
What’s Important to Doctors and Nurses
Practice Greenhealth ARTA 2010
A Case Study for Reusable Isolation Gowns
Legislative Update - Green Perspective
Protect What Matters & Choosing the Right Underpads
A Clinical Perspective on Selecting Disposables versus Reusables
Environmental Impact of Reusable Bed Pads

Resources to Calculate Carbon Footprint
CO2 Footprint calculator
Guide to Carbon Footprint Calculaors Key Terms

Green Summit Presentations July 23rd
ARTA Life Cycle Studies of Surgical Textiles
Washroom Chemistry That Minimizes Your Carbon Footprint
Comparison of Green Handdrying Methods
ARTA Green Seminar July 2010
Becoming FabriConscious
London Round Table Discussion
Reino Green Presentation
Machinery Innovation for Sustainability
How Green Can Help Your Bottom Line Today
Green Plant Operations Checklist
Greening Plant & Fleet

ARTA 2008 EDUCATION CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

The Role of Surgical Gowns, Drapes, and Masks
in the Generation of Airborne Particulate
By Nathan L. Belkin, Phd, Aorn Journal October 2000

Guidelines for Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities
From Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 6, 2003
Recommendations of CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee

Reusable Barrier Fabrics - User Needs Drive Development
Understanding the role of barrier fabrics can helpyou sell the benefits of reusables
By Brad Bushman
From Textile Rental March 2005

Change and Opportunity: Medicare Reform and the Advantages of Reusables
Spread the word: Reusable textiles can help Congress get a handle on healthcare costs
By Howard Zins
From Textile Rental March 2005

Gowns and Drapes for the Level of Exposure Indicated
By Nathan L Belkin, PhD, Clearwater FL
Volume 67, Number 5 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (2002)

Reusable Surgical Textiles Products offer Cost, Environmental Benefits
By Howard M. Zins, Howard M. Zins Associates
Special Report Medical and Hygiene, March 2003

2006 PRESENTATIONS

Laundering and Restoration of Reusable Surgical Barrier Textiles
By Steven J. Tinker, Director, Research & Development, Gurtler Industries, Inc