Hospital laundries must deal with many types of soil loading on a continuing basis that will rarely be seen in hospitality linens. Hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities and other healthcare organizations must routinely deal with linens contaminated with blood, mucus, feces, urine, bacteria, viruses and many other organic contaminants. The medical community is very aware of how diseases are transmitted, therefore many rules governing the construction and operation of a healthcare linen facility exist.
Water Energy Laundry Consulting is proud to offer the services of laundry engineers with many years of experience in the largest healthcare linen facilities in the country, including the Veterans Administration Hospital Laundry System, for which one of our engineers lead the development of the VA’s standard Policies and Procedures.
Some of the many points covered in our Best Practices doctrine include the complete separation of the incoming, dirty linen side of the laundry from the clean, processed linen side. An air quality handling system must be utilized to provide negative pressure on the dirty side and positive pressure on the clean side with pathogen-free air.
Our team of laundry design experts includes Dr. David (Dave) Kaiser of Airborne Contamination Control in Santa Paula, California. He has spent the better part of his career developing unique and extremely effective air quality control systems for hospital critical care environments and in food processing plants. Dr. Kaiser’s work with the California Citrus Association and Sunkist Growers has established new air quality management standards within the citrus industry. We are extremely fortunate to be able to bring his expertise to bear on our healthcare linen facility designs.
Our healthcare linen specialists know how dirty linen must be handled when it enters the building to reduce
You put the clean, wet linens in on one side and when they are dry a door on the other side opens and lets you pull the clean, dry linen out on the clean side. The door on the other side stays closed and the air quality management system ensures no airborne pathogens will accidentally cross the threshold into the clean side from the dirty side. They know about shrink-wrapping technologies particularly admired by healthcare organizations for keeping linens sterile up until the time they are needed.
The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of inspecting and accrediting laundries that process healthcare textiles for hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. Accreditation is an entirely voluntary process. The Council does not have
Laundry Consulting and Design builds healthcare linen facilities that exceed all of the minimum standards adopted by HLAC for this type of facility.