Entries by stacy

Don’t Wash Your Medical Uniforms at Home

In today’s unprecedented times, safety is on the forefront of all of our minds. In the hustle and bustle of the healthcare industry, it can be challenging to ensure safety for staff and patients alike. However, there is one easy step you can take that will make a big difference!

TRSA Clarifies Hygienically Clean Standards

TRSA, an organization that promotes textile education and safety through industry certifications, has updated and clarified their standards for  Hygienically Clean certified laundries. As a Hygienically Clean laundry, MediCleanse has passed the highest industry tests for medical textile safety.

Surgi Strategies: Laundry, HLAC and Infection Control

Infection control in a medical setting can be overwhelming in that it encompasses nearly every task and object in a building. Indeed, infection control also affects textile choices and laundry policies, or at least it should. Proper textile purchases can be elusive, and their care process can be too. The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) […]

U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Contamination of Hospital Curtains With Healthcare-Associated Pathogens

In a culture survey, we found that 42% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with vancomycin-resistant enterococci, 22% with ethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and 4% with Clostridium difficile. Hand imprint cultures demonstrated that these pathogens were easily acquired on hands. Hospital curtains are a potential source for dissemination of healthcare-associated pathogens. Read more about it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18823274

ICT, Infection Control Today: Bacterial Contamination of Surgical Scrubs and Laundering Mechanisms: Infection Control Implications

Home-laundering is not as effective as facility or third-party laundering in decontaminating surgical scrub attire. Similarly, home-laundered scrubs are not as effectively “clean” as single-use scrubs prior to use. Further study is warranted to identify the bacterial organisms comprising the bioburden and their potential clinical impact, if any, on the development of surgical site infections […]