- •Microbes, particularly molds, on linens pose risks to specific patient populations.
- •Suboptimal handling of cleaned healthcare textiles may result in contamination.
- •Contamination could occur at the laundry or healthcare facility.
- •This report includes checklists to assess laundry and healthcare facilities.
Purchase one-time access:Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
One-time access price info
- For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
- For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'
Subscribe:Subscribe to American Journal of Infection Control
- Healthcare Laundry and Textiles in the United States: Review and Commentary on Contemporary Infection Prevention Issues.Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2015; 36: 1073-1088
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Processing Of Reusable Surgical Textiles For Use In Health Care Facilities. ANSI/AAMI ST65:2008 (R2018). Arlington, VA.
- ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2021.Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, 2021
- Guidelines for environmental infection control in health-care facilities. Recommendations of CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). MMWR Recommendations and reports: Morbidity and mortality weekly report.Recommendations and reports. 2003; 52: 1-42
- How Clean Is the Linen at My Hospital? The Mucorales on Unclean Linen Discovery Study of Large United States Transplant and Cancer Centers.Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2018; 68: 850-853
- Mucormycosis outbreak associated with hospital linens.Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014; 33: 472-476
- Hospital Outbreak of Pulmonary and Cutaneous Zygomycosis due to Contaminated Linen Items From Substandard Laundry.Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2016; 62: 714-721
- Invasive Cutaneous Rhizopus Infections in an Immunocompromised Patient Population Associated with Hospital Laundry Carts.Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016; 37: 1251-1253
Code of Federal Regulations. 482.12 Condition of participation: Governing body. Accessed: October 19, 2021. https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-42/chapter-IV/subchapter-G/part-482/subpart-B/section-482.12.
United States Food and Drug Administration. HACCP Principles & Application Guidelines, National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, Adopted August 14, 1997, Silver Spring, MD. Accessed: December 8, 2021. https://www.fda.gov/food/hazard-analysis-critical-control-point-haccp/haccp-principles-application-guidelines
- Pathogenesis of mucormycosis.Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2012; 54: S16-S22
Association for Linen Management. Education and Training. Access date: January 10, 2022. https://www.almnet.org/page/EducationTraining.
- A Guide to Investigating Suspected Outbreaks of Mucormycosis in Healthcare.Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland). 2019; 5
CDC. Reduce Risk from Water. Accessed January 1, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/hai/prevent/environment/water.html.
Association for Linen Management. Advancing excellence in the textile care industry through education, certification, and best practices. Accessed January 11, 2022. https://www.almnet.org/.
- Prevalence of Immunosuppression Among US Adults, 2013.JAMA. 2016; 316: 2547-2548