AORN Recommending Facility Laundering of Surgical Attire


In a session held at the 57th annual AORN Congress today, Melanie Braswell, a member of AORN's recommended practices review committee, introduced the 10 recommendations AORN is making regarding surgical attire, updated from the previous seven recommendations. Included is the recommendation that surgical attire such as scrubs be laundered by the healthcare institution or a third-party laundry, and NOT laundered at home. The rationale is that the gross soil and bioburden is better removed by professional laundering, something that home washers and dryers cannot adequately achieve.

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