Assessing Your Equipment
Unfortunately, even top-notch appliances may not be enough to hygienically clean your facility’s laundry. Many washers found in senior living communities do not have the ability to reach appropriate washing cycle length at high enough temperatures (the CDC recommends a minimum washing cycle of 25 minutes at more than 160 degrees Fahrenheit), so while linens may come out looking clean, they still may be harboring bacteria. Even the size and layout of your building may be a setback. Failure to provide enough space for the separation of soiled and clean linens in designated laundry areas is a common problem. Many experts suggest storing dirty and clean linens in separate rooms, or at least employing barriers in the laundry area and installing equipment with a separate set of doors to keep bacteria-laden air from being discharged and recirculated in the clean laundry section.
Fortunately, the solution to preventing infection spread through medical linen is much easier than hiring and training additional staff and buying new laundry equipment. It’s as easy as working with a medical laundry specialist. Contact us for more information on how outsourcing your community’s medical laundry cannot only help prevent infection, but also save your facility money and give you piece of mind knowing your linens are hygienically clean.