Infection preventionists (IPs) need to better understand how to "navigate the intersection where healthcare laundry and infection prevention come together," writes John Scherberger in an article in Infection Control Today (ICT) magazine. Scherberger is board president of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC).
HLAC is a nonprofit organisation that inspects and accredits laundries processing textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.
“For the IP, the goal of navigating the intersection of healthcare laundry and infection prevention is to ensure hygienically clean healthcare textiles (HCTs) for every patient in the hospital," said Scherberger. “This is especially true for those IPs who are part of a multidisciplinary team approach to infection prevention strategy.”
The article, "Navigating the Intersection Where Healthcare Laundry and Infection Prevention Meet," is the first of an ICT series about the role of healthcare laundry in infection prevention.