Hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities and other healthcare organizations must routinely deal with linens contaminated with blood, mucus, feces, urine, Bacterium, viruses and many other organic contaminants. The medical community is well aware of how diseases are transmitted; therefore many rules governing the construction and operation of a healthcare linen facility exist.
Perhaps the most critical concern for healthcare linen facilities is to prevent the spread of drug resistant strains of highly infectious bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, or “Staph” and fecal-borne spores and cysts including Clostridium difficile, or “C. diff” spores, Giardia cysts and Cryptosporidium oocysts. Incomplete sterilization of linens can facilitate the spread of bacteria and provide a means of infection in both healthy people and in patients with compromised immune systems. Staph and other drug resistant bacteria can cause devastating infections and possible deaths. For this reason, utmost care must be taken while processing linen in healthcare facilities.
Most hospitals have Infection Control Departments that dictate how their linens are washed in their laundries.
Be sure that your linens are thoroughly disinfected while still within the washer.