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Incorporating structured linen oversight into an Infection Prevention program

      Highlights

      • 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

      Abstract

      Hospital linen is a potential source for healthcare acquired infections. The elements of cleaning, transport and storage should be part of an Infection Prevention (IP) consult. The incorporation of linen reprocessing into the IP program ensures compliance with linen standards and patient safety.

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