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Kelly M. Pyrek

Kelly M. Pyrek has served as editor in chief of Infection Control Today magazine for the past 12 years, and manages a number of ICT-affiliated print and online offerings. Recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as an award-winning practitioner, she has served as an editorial manager, editor, and writer for newspapers, magazines, wire services and public information bureaus for more than 25 years. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is the author of several books on healthcare, forensic science and medico-legal issues.

Healthcare Attire Laundering Poll Results

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In the most recent ICT Poll, we asked, "Where do you think healthcare attire should be laundered?" Here are the results:

At the healthcare facility: 57.95%

At an offsite laundry: 32.88%

At home: 9.16%

These results are interesting in light of a recent study in AJIC that showed more than 60 percent of hospital nurses’ and doctors’ uniforms tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria. It's no surprise that healthcare professionals' attire is contaminated, as demonstrated by other studies, and a reason why the updated AORN standards called for professional laundering of healthcare apparel.

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