ARTA Seminar to Focus on Surgical Textiles, Pack Rooms

Bruce Beggs |

DURHAM, N.C. – While the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) focused its inaugural seminar two years ago on processing and marketing, The Insider’s Guide II: Reusable Medical Textiles – The Role of Textiles and Successful Pack Room Operations, promises to go deeper into the details and specifics of running a successful healthcare laundry.
ARTA is partnering with the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) and North Carolina State University to host the April 30-May 1 event at Durham’s Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.
The seminar will give special attention to the role of textiles during surgical intervention and developing a successful pack room operation. Operators who attend can receive up to 12 contact hours.
Scheduled speakers include the following:
• Keynote speaker Lynne Sehulster, Ph.D., M(ASCP), of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will discuss surgical outcomes and infection control.
• Cindy Molko, director of linen and central services for the Mayo Clinic, is to address the role of customer service and working with surgical staff.
• Connie Sackett, RN, will provide a clinical perspective on product selection and the use of reusable and single-use products.
• Peter Brown, W.L. Gore, is to discuss U.S. standards, test methods and the selection of protective attire for surgery.
• Jim Sprout, Standard Textile, will discuss pack room productivity from an industrial engineering point of view.
• Steve Tinker, Gurtler Industries, will discuss laundering and the balance between quality requirements and productivity needs.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour Angelica Textile Services, which provides linen service for the Duke University Health System, and N.C. State’s College of Textiles.
TRSA President/CEO Roger Cocivera will once again serve as master of ceremonies.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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