Washing uniforms at home: adhering to hospital policy

Date

2015-02

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Publisher

Nursing Standard

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Infection control is a priority for all hospitals to reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). Textiles especially uniforms, are a possible route of HCAI transmission. There are protocols to ensure hospital laundry services meet accepted standards, however healthcare uniforms are laundered by staff at home and variations in practice occur. A questionnaire was used to conduct a service evaluation at four hospitals in different NHS trusts to determine how closely healthcare staff followed hospital guidelines on laundering and aftercare of uniforms at home. Responses showed that not all staff followed these guidelines; 44% of staff washed their uniforms below the recommended temperature of 60°C, which presents a potential route for cross-contamination and infection.

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Keywords

Healthcare uniforms, healthcare policy

Citation

Riley, K., Laird, K. and Williams, J. (2015) Washing healthcare uniforms at home: Adhering to hospital policy. Nursing Standard. 29 (25), pp. 37-43.

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Research Institute

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