Infection Prevention | Textile Handling is Key in a Healthcare Laundry

Posted by stacy on Thu, Dec 27, 2012

Infection Control Today spoke with Cindy Molko, CLLM, RLLD, director of linen and central services at Mayo Clinic – Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. about key issues facing laundry and central sterile professionals related to infection prevention.

Q: At what point can healthcare textiles present the most opportunity for transmission of pathogens?
A: Historically we know that transmission of pathogens occurs most frequently in the healthcare facility. There is only one instance where transmission has been traced back to inappropriate storage or management of textiles. However, if standards are not followed at the laundry or any other portion of the chain of textile management then the risk is exists.

To read the full Q & A can be found here on Infection Control Today’s website.