This Whitepaper examines the top five questions to ask a healthcare laundry provider.
Outsourcing is a strategy that healthcare institutions employ to help curb the escalating costs of providing services. In healthcare, as in other industries, outsourcing entails hiring an external contractor that assumes responsibility for managing a service line. Because the contractor specializes in providing a specific service and can achieve economies of scale, the entity can provide a service more efficiently and less expensively than the healthcare organization. In the case of healthcare laundry outsourcing, moving this service that is peripheral to the institutions primary operation of providing clinical services may also enable administrators and staff to concentrate more efficiently on their core business.
This slide show presents a small sampling of studies from the medical literature discussing the contamination of healthcare worker apparel and hospital textiles, and the role laundering plays in possible HAI control.
The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is advising healthcare laundries to follow the current guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the processing of linens that have been used i
Healthcare professionals may unknowingly spread infectious germs by wearing scrubs and lab coats between work and home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize that in the case of patients with known or suspected Ebola virus disease, diligent environmental cleaning and disinfection and safe handling of potentially contaminated materials
In a study published last year, researchers demonstrated that cloth towels used for cleaning hospital rooms contained high numbers of microbial contaminants and that hospitals are advised to determine whether the reuse of cloth towels inc
With a call to make sure your laundry is accredited, the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) made a strong case for how healthcare professionals can prevent contamination of their textiles.
Infection Control Today spoke with Carol McLay, DrPH, RN, CIC, an infection prevention consultant in Lexington, Ky. who authored the chapter on "Laundry, Patient Linens, Textiles and Uniforms" in the APIC Text. She provides her insights on proper healthcare textiles handling as well as the role that infection preventionists can play in the education and training of laundry services personnel regarding bloodborne pathogen-exposure prevention.
The World Health Organization (WHO), in its Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (2009) state that "Washing of clothing (including staff uniforms), bed linen, etc.