SOP23 - Handling of Linen and clothing


Category
Infection prevention and control
Code
SOP23
Issue No
4.1

Target Audience

All CWP staff

Purpose

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.

Origin

Lead executive
Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership

Author and contact number
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team
01244 397700


Policy dates & history

Implementation Date

31 January 2019

Approval Meeting

Infection Prevention and Control Sub Committee (IPCSC)

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