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Hygiene is defined as:
“The practice that serves to keep people and environments clean and prevent infection. It involves the study of preserving one’s health, preventing the spread of disease, and recognizing, evaluating and controlling health hazards. In the health care setting it incorporates the following key areas: environment and facilities, hand hygiene, catering, management of laundry, waste and sharps, and equipment.”
Irish Health Services Accreditation Board Hygiene Standards

The most important consideration when designing any laundry process, is the environment in which the laundry is to be used. While care should always be taken when processing laundry, the risk of cross contamination is greatly increased where health care acquired infections are more prevalent. The delivery of the textiles to the laundry, the sorting, the transfer from the washing machine to the drier and on to the finishing equipment as well as the final packing of the processed textiles are all potential risk areas for consideration.
 I.E.  If the same operator that sorts the unprocessed textiles, in the laundry, pack's the finished product without washing there hands, then the potential for cross contamination can occur.



Mini Guide to laundry hygiene.- click here




              


           



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Hygiene & laundries
Infection control
Antimicrobial
Selecting equipment
Contacts