Sanford Streamlining Waste and Soiled Linen Logistics in New Medical Center

The new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D. features an advanced automated waste and soiled linen removal system provided by Denver-based TransVac Solutions, an Atreo Group company.

The TransVac system helps hospitals to meet public expectations and organizational goals in this area, improving efficiency, reducing costs and raising performance while using fewer resources.

Sanford Health, as part of a new state-of-the-art $494 million medical center that recently opened in Fargo, N.D., has deployed an automated system for rapidly collecting and transporting waste, recycling and soiled linen that is more efficient than conventional methods, and that dramatically reduces patient, visitor and staff exposure to dirty materials in the new facility. The new hospital officially opened to the public July 25.

The system, designed and built by Denver-based TransVac Solutions, handles the movement of dirty linen, recycling and waste from the hospital’s 11 patient floors across the one-million-square-foot, 284-bed facility with space for an additional 92 beds shelled in to allow for future growth. Each patient floor has a controlled-access room that contains a loading station for trash/recycling and another for soiled linen. Authorized staff load material into these stations, then activate the computer-monitored pneumatic/vacuum controls that whisks it through a 16-inch sealed pipe network to a central collection point located near the hospital’s loading dock.

“Our goal is to provide patients the highest quality environment for healing, and a clean and pleasant environment for staff, family and visitors,” says Sanford Health’s Facilities Manager Brian Windingland. “The automated waste, recycling and soiled linen system will help achieve this goal by rapidly moving trash and linen from patient floors to the back of the house. It’s more efficient than manually transporting dirty materials, and it reduces exposure to potentially infectious materials significantly.”

The TransVac system replaces traditional manual methods that rely on the use of carts, elevators, holding rooms and chutes to collect and remove trash and soiled linen. Recent scientific research suggests that soiled linen particulate…

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