Infection prevention is everybody’s job in all kinds of healthcare facilities. In fact, the scope of infection prevention concerns has expanded such that the acronym HAI no longer refers just to “hospital acquired infections”, but now to “healthcare associated infections”. These HAIs are not restricted just to hospitals, but also to skilled nursing facilities, rehab facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics and even physician offices.
Along with hand washing, sneeze/cough control, and direct exposure to blood and other bodily fluids we must also be aware of the potential to acquire infections through “dirty” linens. Of course “linens” is a rather broadly used term applying to all sorts of materials from towels, washcloths, sheets and pillowcases in the patient room, to table and patient drapes in the OR.
Once used they are now contaminated and need to be handled as such. The most common way to handle dirty linens is to place them in a plastic bag in a linen hamper with a securely weighted lid. Linen hampers are ubiquitous throughout any healthcare facility that provides some type of non-disposable covering for the patient being cared for, including such things as patient gowns and gurney covers.
So, whether your facility is a hospital, a skilled nursing facility, an ambulatory surgery center, rehabilitation facility, multi-specialty clinic, doctor’s office or some other healthcare site, look to CME for hampers options to support your infection protection needs. To explore options, visit our website or call us at 800.338.2372.