TACOMA, Wash. — Compliance Shark, based here, reports it has launched its linen, laundry and infection prevention industry business compliance platform.
Co-founded by Gregory Gicewicz, founder and former CEO of Sterile Surgical Systems, and the former president of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), the organization says it is set to transform patient care, facility maintenance and compliance culture in modern healthcare facilities.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) pose a significant risk to patients undergoing treatment for other conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hundreds of millions of patients are affected by HAIs annually, with the United States alone witnessing an estimated 99,000 HAI-related deaths each year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
With this, Compliance Shark recognizes the crucial importance of comprehensive patient care, top-of-the-line facility maintenance and fostering a compliant culture within healthcare facilities.
“There are hundreds of standards that must be followed in order to ensure patient safety when in contact with healthcare textiles,” explains Gicewicz. “Getting HCT (healthcare textiles) clean in the first place is actually not that complicated. Keeping them clean is another matter entirely.
“There are hundreds of opportunities for contamination from the washer to the patient, and each one must be mitigated every time to prevent contamination and protect our community’s most vulnerable.”
Through close collaboration with healthcare facilities, Compliance Shark will offer a comprehensive range of services, including assessments, development, and implementation of tailored compliance programs, process monitoring and testing, staff training, and inspection preparedness support.
“Our founding principle at Compliance Shark is around patient safety,” Gicewicz shares. “Everything we do is dedicated to helping promote a safe patient experience through hygienically clean healthcare textiles every time. We believe that our healthcare provider partners, and our laundry partners all share this same goal.
“Our loved ones that are receiving healthcare, many of whom are immune suppressed, must be able to count on hygienically clean healthcare textiles for their safety every time. We want to be an integral part of making this happen.”
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