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5/31/2011

STERILE SURGICAL SYSTEMS RECEIVES INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION

National Inspection assures customers that highest quality and safety standards are met

TUMWATER, WA — Sterile Surgical Systems has received accreditation—the industry’s highest rating on quality and safety—from the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC).

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6/14/2010

Tumwater laundry goes green and saves money
By JOHN DODGE | The Olympian

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TUMWATER - Sterile Surgical Systems President Greg Gicewicz pumped his fist in the air as a steady downpour beat on the roof of his plant where 15,000 pounds of hospital bedding, towels, gowns and operating room supplies are laundered and sterilized each day.

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2010 Environmental Awards: Sterile Surgical Systems, Tumwater

Resource Conservation
Sterile Surgical Systems, Tumwater (more than 100 employees)

Thanks to a pair of major initiatives, Sterile Surgical Systems — a small, family-owned company that spe­cializes in medical linens and sterile, reusable textiles for hospital operating rooms — is making huge prog­ress toward resource conservation. Last December, the company implemented a water recycling system that will reduce water and sewer usage by 70 percent. So far, it is on track to save 7.2 million gallons of water per year, reduce carbon emissions by 400,000 pounds and stop 660 gallons of sodium hydroxide from enter­ing the wastewater treatment plant. A month later, the company implemented a plastic recycling program and partnered with Valley Medical Center, one of its major clients. Now, instead of going to a landfill, plastic waste is used to form new material for the construction of synthetic decks. It expects to recycle more than 25,000 pounds of plastic each year. But the company’s not done yet. This summer, Sterile Surgical Systems will install a gravity-fed rainwater recovery system that will collect 25,000 gallons of rainwater per year from its roof.

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Sterile Surgical Systems wins 2010 Association of Washington Business Environmental Excellence Award

Press Release Source: Association of Washington Business May 11, 2010, 6:06 pm PDT

SPOKANE, WA--(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sterile Surgical Systems of Tumwater, Washington has been awarded the 2010 Association of Washington Business Small Business Environmental Excellence Award. The award is presented annually to the company that best demonstrates innovation and outstanding achievements in environmental compliance, protection and conservation.

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Reusables vs. Disposable Products?

There are lots of considerations. Disposable products are often touted as less costly, but at the end of the day when a life cycle analysis is used, this argument should be re-assessed. Consistent with a facilities mission of environmental stewardship and cost containment, healthcare facilities can effectively reduce solid waste in their operations and save money by switching to reusable products where feasible.

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SuperBugs

Professional laundering/handling can help launderers fight the spread of anti-biotic resistant “MRSA”

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All Textile Products are Not Created Equal

How can we tell if we’re getting our money’s worth from the textiles we’re using? What are the characteristics of a high-quality textile after it has been processed a dozen times, 50 times, or more? And can item type — flatwork or garment — actually influence textile durability?

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What Does it Cost to Produce a Surgical Pack?

To accurately determine the cost of producing a surgical pack, it is important to understand the component costs that go into producing the end product. These include:

• Linen replacement
• Sorting, washing and drying
• Inspection, de-linting, marking and folding
• Assembly, wrapping, labeling and packaging
• Supply

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