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Wash Formula for Hospital Laundry?

Question: What is the recommended wash formula for Hospital Laundry considering blood and medicine stains?

 

Answer: For blood work in hospitals it is recommended that the laundry be flushed several times with water at or near the human body temperature. In general, keeping the flushes above 90 degrees and below 100 degrees will ensure that you won't be setting the blood that is on the textiles. To speed the removal and reduce the number of flushes, many chemical companies will inject chemistry into the first flush bath. Generally alkali is the least expensive way to break up the blood and medicine and allow it to be flushed quickly out of the washer.

There are many chemical programs available today which could be talked about, but the standard for many years has been the tried and proven alkaline / high temperature washing. For that purpose the following formula is one that has been used for many years by a number of chemical companies.

 

Operation 

Time

Temperature 

Chemicals

 1. Flush

 3-6 mins.

 90-100

 Alkali

 2. Flush

 2-4 mins.

 90-100

 -

 3. Break

 8-10 mins.

160+

 Alkali/Detergent

 4. Carryover

 3-5 mins.

160

 -

 5. Bleach

 8-10 mins.

145-155

 Chlorine Bleach

 6. Rinse

 2-3 mins.

140-150

 

 7. Rinse

 2-3 mins.

120-130

 Anti-Chlor

 8. Sour/Soft

 4-6 mins.

110-120

 Sour and Softener

 

  
  

    
  
   

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Fire At Prison; No Injuries

CARLISLE, Ind. — Firefighters from several fire departments battled a laundry building fire for two-hours at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility before extinguishing the flames. No deaths or injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is unknown.