As identified by the Department of Health in its Health Technical Memorandum 01-04 - Decontamination of linen for health and social care: “The provision of clean linen is a fundamental requirement of care”. Berendsen, a leader in outsourced laundry services for healthcare, has developed outsourced laundry services to the care sector, including residents’ clothing.
In care homes across the UK, hundreds of manual handling slings are thrown away every year after failing their LOLER inspection. There are perfectly valid reasons why a sling may be condemned, e.g. loose stitching, wear that has become dangerous, or a break-down of the material structure. Slings do inevitably wear after heavy use and frequent washing and it is understandable that they need to be condemned.
In the wake of recent findings outlining the serious infection risk posed to care homes by poor laundry practice, Electrolux Professional will be hosting a series of online seminars on how to improve Laundry Cycle Management and cut the chances of bacterial outbreaks in care environments. Given the often delicate nature of care industry residents, infection risk management is always on the radar for both operators and managers.