IC16 Policy for handling of linen and clothing
All inpatient staff
Clothing or bed linen used by service users is a potential infection risk to those staff who are handling it on a ward or department; and during transportation to or processing in the laundry.
The risk of acquiring infection from linen, even if it is contaminated by blood and body fluids or excreta from infected service users is low, if it is handled with gloves and sealed in an impermeable bag at source and laundered in accordance with the appropriate policy.
Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC)
Author and contact number
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team
Policy dates & history
23 May 2013
31 May 2018
Infection Prevention and Control Sub Committee (IPCSC)
Document Quality Group (DQG)