Addressing Concerns for the U.S. Healthcare Wash Process
Friday, October 19, 2018
Posted by: Nicole Morris
Richmond, Ky., October 19, 2018— In an attempt to help clarify the difference in U.S. practice from that of a recent article appearing in the journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (October 2018) questioning the effectiveness of the wash process to remove Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff) from hospital textiles, which has raised concerns from United States (U.S.) laundry healthcare customers, the Association for Linen Management (ALM) has provided a crosswalk between the two methods. A close look at this study reveals the United Kingdom (UK) approach to processing healthcare linen relies primarily on thermal applications.
In the U.S., laundry processors have long relied on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “The antimicrobial action of the laundering process results from a combination of mechanical, thermal, and chemical factors. Dilution and agitation in water remove substantial quantities of microorganisms. Detergents and surfactants function to suspend soils, reduce water surface tension, and also exhibit some microbiocidal properties.”
With the published document from ALM, hospital leadership can engage their laundry processor in discussions to address any remaining concerns.
The Association for Linen Management (ALM) is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the professional development of personnel involved in the textile care industry. ALM members are laundry processors, linen management professionals, and textile care providers for the hospitality, healthcare, and correctional industries, and the suppliers that service them. ALM is the only organization that represents the entire textile care industry, including the diverse operations of commercial, cooperative, central, and on-premise/on-campus laundries, as well as linen management companies.
Name: Linda Fairbanks