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Keeping health care linens clean: Underrecognized hazards and critical control points to avoid contamination of laundered health care textiles

      Highlights

      • Microbes, particularly molds, on linens pose risks to specific patient populations.
      • Suboptimal handling of cleaned health care textiles may result in contamination.
      • Contamination could occur at the laundry or health care facility.
      • This report includes checklists to assess laundry and health care facilities.
      Outbreaks of health care-associated infections, particularly invasive mold infections, have been linked to environmental contamination of laundered health care textiles. Contamination may occur at the laundry or health care facility. This report highlights underrecognized hazards, control points, and actions that infection preventionists can take to help decrease the potential for patient exposure to contaminated health care textiles. Infection preventionists can use the checklists included in this report to assess laundry and health care facility management of laundered health care textiles.

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