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Friday's Ask the Experts: Hospital laundry

September 18, 2009
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Are there any restrictions against a hospital taking its soiled linen to a local laundry mat (used by the public) and laundering the linen there?
The answer:
I waited for an expert in hospital procedures to weigh in on this one, but that hasn’t happened, so I’ll offer some thoughts on the matter.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are the recommendations for laundering hospital linens
Routine Handling of Soiled Linen
Soiled linen should be handled as little as possible and with minimum agitation to prevent gross microbial contamination of the air and of persons handling the linen. Category II
All soiled linen should be bagged or put into carts at the location where it was used; it should not be sorted or prerinsed in patient-care areas. Category II
Linen soiled with blood or body fluids should be deposited and ...Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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