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The facts about the safety of healthcare linen services

Recent articles relating the death of five fragile pediatric patients in a Louisiana hospital to textiles at the facility has resulted in numerous questions about health care linens and their safety.  ALM provides guidance on the mechanisms in place to prevent such future tragedy.

The following are provided regarding this issue:
 "Through compliance with these practices and proper oversight by responsible parties, hygienically clean healthcare textiles will continue to provide a safe healing environment" said ALM President Randy Wendland, CLLM.


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‚ÄčSeeing Red is costly!

Placing blood-saturated reusable linen into red bags is a common practice.  Common - but often wrong and quite costly.  

     $ - Higher disposal cost for bio-hazardous waste disposal
     $ - Loss of linen before the anticipated life-end of the textile
     $ - Replacement cost for the textile
     $ - Typical linen loss charges by laundry processor

ALM and the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) recently sought to clarify the correct procedures for bagging heavily blood soaked (contaminated) textiles. The confusion seemed to arise from hospitals whose practice was to err on the side of caution and trained staff to dispose of contaminated linen as Red Bag waste.

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