- 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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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.
“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”
“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”
Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.
“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”