Health bosses are hoping to save more than a quarter of a million pounds annually by electronically-tagging hospital linen.
Aneurin Bevan Health Board says it spends almost £400,000 a year on replacing linen that's gone missing.
As well as saving money, electronic tagging will allow every item to be identified to ensure hospitals have a reliable supply.
"A lot of it gets thrown away because people consider it too dirty to be washed" says Alan Dudley.
"Some of it is stolen and a fair bit goes home with the patients.
What we're gonna do is tag all the linen with a machine readable tag. We expect to reduce our loss rate from 40 percent which is what it is now to 10 per cent or loss "