ALM's National Office Has Moved
Please note, ALM's address has changed. We are now located at:
138 N Keeneland Drive, Suite D Richmond, KY 40475
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.
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:
- 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
"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.
Textile Safety Forum