Healthcare Textiles: Laundry Science and Infection Prevention
There is a renewed commitment to the elimination of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), triggered by the mandates established by healthcare policymakers, federal and state regulators, and consumer groups. A greater emphasis on hygiene and asepsis, coupled with implementation of evidence-based practices by healthcare professionals, is driving protocols relating to healthcare attire, healthcare textiles, and healthcare laundry. Healthcare textiles are becoming an important issue in infection prevention and control, as experts continue to examine the potential of infection transmission facilitated by healthcare fabrics. In this report, we examine healthcare textiles and laundry from many aspects, including infection prevention, microbiology, industrial hygiene, healthcare economics, and much more.