The facts about the safety of healthcare linen servicesRecent 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:
- ALM responds on safety mechanisms in place for healthcare textile service
- Link to The New York Times article - April 28, 2014
- New Orleans Times Picayune article and editorial - April 23, 2014
- WVUE Fox 8 New Orleans article and video clip - April 21, 2014
- CDC information on Mucormycosis including outbreak in Joplin, MO following 2011 tornado
- Poster session from Presentation on Mucormycosis outbreak - 2012
Seeing 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.
June 9-11, 2014
Saddlebrook Resort, Wesley Chapel, Florida (Tampa Bay Area)
The conference was an incredible success... in spite of Florida pop-up showers. Visit program highlights and plan to attend CLEAN 2015 April 16 - 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia
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