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Healthcare Life Safety Compliance: Overcome hidden dangers of exchange carts

Hospital Safety Insider, November 10, 2016

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Laundry carts should be the last thing on a facility manager’s mind, until you realize the lurking danger

It is unsafe for healthcare laundries to return unused linens on exchange carts from the hospital to the laundry plant, where those same unused textiles—without being reprocessed—are then topped off with clean linens and returned to the hospital.


While authorities such as The Joint Commission provide direction on the safe transport of unused linens to the healthcare facility, few entities have actually addressed the return trip of those unused linens. Yet the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) believes this improper practice presents numerous opportunities for contamination of textiles.

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