Healthcare Laundry: The Process and Potential for HAI Prevention

January 28, 2015

This report addresses the concept of "hygienically clean" healthcare textiles, explores the healthcare laundry process, and reviews reports of infections associated with contaminated healthcare textiles. It also provides some instruction on best practices from regulatory agencies and associations.

SHEA Guidance Offers Insights on Healthcare Personnel Attire, Laundering Issues

January 28, 2015

This Pulse looks at the recent guidance from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) regarding healthcare attire in non-operating room settings. It explores microbial contamination of apparel in clinical settings, discusses laundering issues and perceptions of cleanliness, and provides recommendations from the SHEA work group on healthcare personnel attire.

Washing Infected Material: Advice from the CDC

January 5, 2015

Although soiled linen may harbor large numbers of pathogenic microorganisms, the risk of actual disease transmission from soiled linen is negligible, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).