Laundry

Handling Clean Linen in a Healthcare Environment

October 1, 2017

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.

A Question for the IP: How is Your Facility Laundering its Linens Today?

August 25, 2016

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.

HLAC Names New Accreditation Inspectors

August 1, 2016

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

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