- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: Currently our dirty linen is transported in bags, separate from trash, to the Housekeeping Dirty Sort Room. This linen is then loaded into linen transport cart for our linen reprocessing vendor to pickup. We would like to have housekeeping pickup the dirty linen and trash at the same time either in the same bin (this would be preferred), or in a bin that has separate compartments that we would have to purchase. How do other facilities handle this? Other thoughts on how hospitals have reduced the time it takes to pick-up of dirty items while adhering to JACHO and OSHA standards?
- William Cook. Director of Material Management
Answer: Trash and soiled linens cannot be mixed. It is clearly stated by JCAHO that all soiled linen must be handled in such a way that it is kept separate from other material. There is no restriction in placing the soiled linen in separate bins from other materials (trash) if that is what you would like to do. The process of transporting soiled linen should be in a container that is covered. The container needs to be washed and sanitized after each use.
Linen management is always a challenge. Many hospitals that use an outside resource for washing their linens have required or requested assistance with procedures for better facilitating the process of linen handling in the hospital.
There is no specific suggestion, but to have the linen handling looked at by consultants who have the expertise to develop a standard for your facility.
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Crown Healthcare Meets HLAC Accreditation
BOSTON, Ma. — Crown Uniform and Linen Service / Crown Healthcare Apparel Service announced the accreditation of their second Massachusetts facility by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC). The service now meets HLAC standards in both the Boston and Fall River, MA processing centers.
Healthcare Laundry Accreditation ensures that the inspected facility meets or exceeds the highest standards for processing healthcare textiles as required by the commercial healthcare laundry industry and regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Crown provides a full medical scrubs service and offers a full line of hospital scrubs, lab coats, patient wear, and PPE that are in line with all compliance regulations.