- •Linen has been a linked source of pulmonary and cutaneous outbreaks of infections in hospitalized patients
- •Routine visits to the linen reprocessing facility provide oversight of reprocessing, distribution and storage practices to ensure compliance with national standards
- •A consult with the finding, associated standard(s) and recommended remediations is prepared and shared with leadership following each visit
- •Revisits and discontinuing linen reprocessing are dependent on findings
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