Domestic laundering of nurses uniforms: what are the risks

Date

2018-02

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ISSN

0954-7762

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Publisher

Nursing Times

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

With rises in healthcare-acquired infections (HCAIs) and antibiotic resistance, understanding transmission routes of bacteria is paramount. One possible route is nurses’ uniforms, which they wash at home. A study found that trusts’ policies on home laundering were inconsistent and that staff did not always follow guidance. Another study showed that, when contaminated and sterile fabric samples were washed at 40°C, a small number of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria survived and cross-contamination occurred. This article details the two studies, describes the regulatory environment and discusses how to ensure adequate decontamination of uniforms.

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Citation

Laird, K., Williams, J. and Riley, K. (2018) Domestic laundering of nurses uniforms: what are the risks? Nursing Times,114(2), pp.18-21.

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Research Institute

Leicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)