The Clinical University Hospital ‘Lozano Blesa’ of Zaragoza will count from 2019 with a new innovative and intelligent service of laundry and linen, thanks to a procedure of Public Purchase of Innovation (CPI) in which has been advised by the Aragonese Institute of Health Sciences (IACS).
In this way, a clothing processing service will be hired, including the complete adaptation of the facilities, and the service will be paid according to the kilos of treated clothing and garments dispensed, over a period of 12 years. This will continue to be managed with the hospital’s own staff.
The Minister of Health, Pilar Ventura, today presented the project together with the manager of the sector, José Ignacio Barrasa, the managing director of the IACS, Sandra García Armesto, and the managing director of the health center, Jesús Olano. “This project will be a pioneer in Aragon and highlights the commitment of the Aragonese Government to establish contracting mechanisms that are committed to innovation,” said the counselor, who has toured the facilities of the current laundry .
The Clínico laundry will serve the centers of the sector Zaragoza III, which employs 5,200 people and 980 hospital beds are located, as well as start the process consultations, areas for emergency, day hospital and ambulatory treatments. With an area of 980 square meters, it was launched in 1974.
With the new system, a washing production of 1,564,000 kilos per year will be obtained, compared to the current 1,300,000 kilos and an automatic dispensing of 292,000 garments per year.
The amount of the tender for the dossier is 6.1 million euros, distributed between 2019 and 2031, and the tender will be published next week, after having already been approved at the last Governing Council. The objective of the same is to obtain an integral laundry and linen system that allows, taking advantage of the existing spaces and optimizing the equipment and processes, a sensible improvement of the service.
In addition to technological innovation, improvement of working conditions and reduction of risks inherent in this activity, with the new awarding, the current total costs of this service are to be reduced, thanks to greater efficiency, capacity and automation of part of the facilities. For this reason, the awardee must guarantee the renovation and updating of the facilities, whose cost is estimated at 3 million euros, as well as the incorporation of new technologies that may arise during the term of the contract.
The awardee will have an initial period of 4 months for the adaptation of the rooms and installation of the necessary equipment including the adaptation and reform of the spaces, all the facilities and systems necessary to perform the washing, drying and ironing service, as well as storage and automatic dispensing in the area of general lingerie and surgical areas. You must also supply the consumables necessary to carry out these processes and the maintenance of the facilities.
The project is designed to be self-financing with the expected savings on current operating costs, so that it will not require any direct investment in the full cycle of the contract. In addition, it will lead to a substantial improvement in the working conditions of the staff, through the improvement of the ergonomics of the work stations, and in the ecological footprint of the hospital, by the reduction of energy and water consumption.
The service will be rewarded to the awardee by units-kilo of washed clothes and automatically dispensed garment, so that it will be paid for the results obtained over time.
BUY PIONEER IN ARAGÓN
This public purchase of innovation from the Hospital Clínico will be a pioneer in Aragón for several reasons. The first, for the support of the European Union. The purchase by CPI is a bet for the improvement of the public services of the hand of the companies, that are those who know in depth the processes and last technologies in the matter, so that a mutual incentive takes place in all the development of the contract .
The project, called SIGLA, has made it possible for the Clinic to be the first health entity in Europe to receive the recognition and support of EAFIP (European Assistance for Innovation Procurement), a body dependent on the European Commission. The recognition has allowed the hospital to receive technical advice in the design and implementation of the tender, which has allowed optimizing the design and launch of the tender.
In addition, it is the first time that a tender by the Government of Aragon incorporates INNODEMANDA, an incentive mechanism for the public purchase of innovation from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and University that has the purpose of financially assist bidding companies to participate and submit bids Innovative in these contracting procedures, which will ultimately benefit the Laundry Clinic Hospital.