AORN nixes home-laundering of scrubs

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 23, 2010

Last week during its 57th annual meeting, the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) proposed 10 recommended practices regarding surgical attire.

Included is a recommendation that “surgical attire should be laundered in a health care-approved or accredited laundry facility,” rather than at home.

The recommendations apply to various practice settings such as operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, physicians’ offices, cardiac catheterization laboratories, endoscopy suites, radiology departments, and other areas performing invasive procedures, according to AORN.

For more information on the recommendation and the rationale behind it, read “AORN weighs in on laundering surgical scrubs in-house.”

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