Textiles certainly are common in healthcare facilities, spotlighting them as important pieces in the quest for efficient infection control. We must do all we can to be certain they don’t pose a risk as a vehicle for the transmission of pathogens. Hospital linens, privacy curtains and staff attire all must be considered when developing and infection control strategy in a facility. Of particular interest is the approach to laundering these textiles. Are they outsourced? Are they done in house? Are they done by the staff themselves? Our links today look at all of these possibilities and the potential shortcomings of each strategy. We even take a look at methods of cleaning washing machines that might be harboring bacteria. The material in the links below provides an excellent overview of the materials that we must make certain won’t pose a risk to staff or patients.
- Controversies in hospital infection prevention: Pondering vexing issues in infection prevention and control
- Hospital Textiles, Are They a Possible Vehicle for Healthcare-Associated Infections?
- The Infection Risks Associated with Clothing and Household Linens in Home and Everyday Life Settings, and the Role of Laundry
- Your washing machine may be harbouring bacteria — here’s how to clean it