IC16 Standard Operating Procedure for handling of linen and clothing
All CWP 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 Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership
Author and contact number
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team
Policy dates & history
31 January 2019
31 January 2024
Infection Prevention and Control Sub Committee (IPCSC)