Reusable Textiles versus Disposable Textiles by Janice Henry, Vice President of Marketing at Superior Uniform Group

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Medical textiles are one of the most vigorously growing sectors in the textile market. This includes such product categories as precaution gowns, patient gowns, laboratory coats and scrubs.  The rising need for medical textiles is due to the increase of patients, a result of longer life spans, more Americans having access to healthcare and more advanced healthcare procedures. Healthcare facilities could use cost-effective textile supplies to reduce operating costs, which are increasing due to the influx of patients, unpredictable economy and reduced Medicare assistance. A comparison of reusable versus disposable products reveals the overall advantages of reusable textiles, including cost savings, waste reduction and infection control.
 
Cost Savings
 
A major misconception driving healthcare facilities to use disposable textiles is the assumption that they are more economical than using reusable textiles.
 
 
 
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