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.
About the Author
Kelly M. Pyrek has served as editor in chief of Infection Control Today magazine for the past 10 years, and manages a number of ICT-affiliated offerings including the ICT Virtual Event, the ICTalk online forum, and the Infection Control Education Institute. 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 three books on healthcare, forensic science and medico-legal issues.