Infection Prevention | Textile Handling is Key in a Healthcare Laundry

Infection Control Today spoke with Cindy Molko, CLLM, RLLD, director of linen and central services at Mayo Clinic – Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. about key issues facing laundry and central sterile professionals related to infection prevention.

Q: At what point can healthcare textiles present the most opportunity for transmission of pathogens?
A: Historically we know that transmission of pathogens occurs most frequently in the healthcare facility. There is only one instance where transmission has been traced back to inappropriate storage or management of textiles. However, if standards are not followed at the laundry or any other portion of the chain of textile management then the risk is exists.

To read the full Q & A can be found here on Infection Control Today’s website.

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When is the last time you washed your cubicle curtains?

Environmental cleanliness is the key to curbing the spread of cross-contamination.  Even with meticulous hand washing by your healthcare staff, they can quickly become contaminated if the environmental surfaces are not clean and disinfected.  This includes the cubicle (or privacy) curtains.

To create a clean and safe environment where patients can get well and go home, you may be overlooking a dirty little problem.  Doctors, nurses, patients, housekeepers and everybody else grabs the cubicle curtain to open or close it.  Sometimes with gloves, but often times without.  Sometimes their hands are clean, but often times they are not.  Patients are given clean linens and patients gowns, yet the curtains that hangs within 2 feet of them has not been changed for weeks, months, or maybe over a year.  Have you considered the possible link between these curtains and healthcare associated infections?  Perhaps you should.

To maintain compliance and proper infection control, a written policy must be in place for laundering cubicle curtains on a scheduled basis through an HLAC-accredited healthcare laundry service.  MediCleanse follows proper laundering techniques and biohazard handling, in accordance with HLAC Standards, to ensure that your curtains are hygienically clean for hanging in patient care areas.

Call today to learn more about implementing a scheduled laundry service for your cubicle curtains.  Our team would look forward to hearing about your needs and assist in outlining a program that best suits your facility’s requirements.

Cubical Curtain Laundry Services

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Medical Laundry Services- Critical to Healthy Healthcare

Cleanliness should be the highest priority when it comes to healthcare laundry.  Linen used in the medical sector should be hygienic, stylish and comfortable.

Medical linen includes scrubs, sheets, towels, patient gowns, lab coats, and a variety of other uniforms.  When it comes to laundering medical linen it is important to take proper care to handle the linen properly and to provide patients and medical staff with clean, sanitized linen and uniforms.

Moreover, storage also plays a pivotal role in medical linen care.  Linen should be placed in leak resistant laundry bags marked with the biohazard symbol.  The bag should be placed in a covered bag stand or linen hamper..

Medical linens should also be divided by item and color.  All medical linen should be washed in 160 degree water, using environmentally safe laundering agents, to ensure all germs and bacteria are properly removed.  MediCleanse complies with the laundry safety and health regulations established by OSHA and HLAC

Many companies with on premise laundries have observed that professional medical  laundries can significantly cut costs by outsourcing to larger, more energy and labor efficient laundry services that like MediCleanse Healthcare Linen Services  They also reduce company liability by outsourcing this production.  The distribution systems and patient focus MediCleanse linen and uniforms provide a level of professionalism and comfort that most onsite laundries simply can’t provide.

The physical plant, the washing and handling process are all designed for medical laundry only.  All products such as surgeon gowns, drapes, and towels in this room pass through our 8 point quality inspection system to insure you get the quality you require.  As specially trained medical laundry experts we know what you want and expect from you linen and uniform rental supplier.  The lab coats are pressed rather than steamed and each one is mended or spotted if required. They are then bagged prior to delivery to the customer to preserve their crispness and cleanliness.

MediCleanse laundry services provide weekly or even daily linen and uniform supply service of hygienically clean, high quality product.  MediCleanse allows health care facilities to focus on patient care as the prime concern.

With a single phone call to a quality medical laundry service like MediCleanse you can take care of all your laundry scrub, lab coat, patient gown sheet and towel needs.   We have a dedicated service team that would be happy to discuss your needs and to assist with your particular laundry requirements.

 

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