Question: Is there such a thing as hypoallergenic linen? On occasion, some of our hospital clients ask for this.
Answer: Yes there is. Linens that have been washed properly are given several fresh water rinses to remove any residual conditioning chemistry. These additional rinses after the normal wash process are believed to leave the linens hypoallergenically cleaned.
But be cautious in this regard. There is often a misunderstanding of good hospital laundering procedures that condition linens in order to have excellent patient care such as the removal of residual chemistry, adjusting pH to the comfort ranges of the skin and the addition of a fabric softener for patient comfort. The request for "hypoallergenic" linens will remove the final textile conditioning and this may not always be good for most patients. Most hospital laundries have procedures for complying with a request for hypoallergenic linens for individuals who have reactions to dyes, perfumes and other chemicals.
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GOOCHLAND, Va. — An inmate at the Virginia Correctional Center died when a shuttle that carried hundreds of pounds of wet laundry from washers to dryers fell upon her. The inmates were conducting repairs on the equipment when it fell and she was trapped underneath. The inmate died from her injuries at the VCU Medical Center