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