Outsourcing Healthcare Laundry Services

November 19, 2014

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.

Laundry Issues in the Literature

October 30, 2014

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.

Don't Take Work Home With You

October 21, 2014

Healthcare professionals may unknowingly spread infectious germs by wearing scrubs and lab coats between work and home.

Laundry Handling in Ebola Cases

October 14, 2014

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

Healthcare Laundry Best Practices: A Q&A with Carol McLay, DrPH, RN, CIC

September 16, 2014

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.

Laundering C. difficile Patient Items

September 10, 2014

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.