Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification demonstrates linen and uniform services companies’ commitment to cleanliness through independent, third-party laundry inspection and quantified microbial testing. Inspection and re-inspection verify that items are maintained, washed, dried, ironed, packed, transported and delivered using best management practices (BMPs) to meet key disinfection criteria. Between scheduled and supplemental inspections, ongoing microbial testing quantifies cleanliness and indicates laundry process adjustments. Certification requirements are based on international standards for processing healthcare linens and garments.
By John Scherberger BS, FAHE, CHESP
Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of articles about the role of healthcare laundry in infection prevention.
The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) has elected two new members to its board of directors: Jeffrey Courey, chief operating officer of George Courey Inc., a leading North American linen wholesaler; and Linda McCurdy, presid
A new paper published in FEMS Microbiology Letters, resulting from an investigation of a laundry facility that services several Seattle-area hospitals, suggests that soiled clinical linens may be a source of surface Clostridium difficile
The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is marking its 10th year as the leading nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries that process reusable textiles for hospitals, nursing home and other healthcare facil
ICT asked board members of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) for their perspectives on key issues relating to infection prevention and healthcare textiles management.
A couple of years ago, there was a report in the news that during 2008 and 2009 five children died at a Louisiana children’s hospital from an infection passed to them through their hospital linens. To follow up on this tragedy, a reporter wanted to know if there had been any changes made in how the hospital laundered its linens. The reporter posed this question to the hospital’s associate medical director of patient safety and quality. According to her account, the reporter asked the medical director who was the hospital’s current launderer. First, the medical director responded that he didn’t think it was pertinent, and then he said he didn’t know. And he said he didn’t know a second time when asked the same question at a subsequent news conference. Keep in mind: This is the hospital’s director of patient safety and quality.
The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), a nonprofit organization that inspects and accredits laundries processing textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, has named three new accreditation inspec
The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is tapping the expertise of its HLAC-accredited laundries to learn best practices regarding the issue of unused healthcare textiles (HCTs).
The board of directors of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) has approved funding for application development and field testing of two process monitoring tools -- adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for hard surfaces and bioburd