Read this study to understand how treating hospital patient textiles with ionic silver after each washing results in a significant decrease in microbial contamination.
This study shows that an infection prevention bundle strategy, which included silver ion laundry technology, reduced hospital-acquired infection rates. Additional studies will be required to measure the specific impact of silver ions versus the other interventions employed.
Findings: Soft surfaces are involved in the spread of microbes throughout healthcare facilities. Routine application of an EPA registered sanitizer for soft surfaces can help to reduce the microbial load and minimize exposure risks
Citation: American Journal of Infection Control 46: 39-43
Findings: A review of the literature revealed that hospital linen can be a source of pathogenic contamination and donated linens must be managed with care.
Citation: American Journal of Infection Control 46: 118 – 119
Findings: Workers who handle soiled linen may have a higher risk of exposure to C. difficile, MRSA, and VRE than those who handle clean linens.
Citation: Annals of Work Exposures and health 61: 1087-96
Findings: During simulations of patient care, the sleeve cuff of long-sleeved white coats frequently became contaminated with a viral DNA marker that could be transferred. These results provide support for the recommendation that healthcare personnel wear short sleeves to reduce the risk for pathogen transmission.
Citation: Open Forum Infect Dis 4: S34
Findings: Soft surfaces such as privacy curtains and pillows are among the “lesser known and underestimated reservoirs for microorganisms which are the triggering sources and vehicles for outbreaks or sporadic cases of infection.”
Citation: GMS Hygiene and Control, 10: Doc 4
Findings: Investigation of a fatal outbreak of mucormycosis. The results confirmed that “ . . . linens were the vehicle transmitting Rhizopus”.
Citation: Pediatr Infect Dis J 33: 472–476
Findings: Hospital laundering is inconsistent and may be insufficient to remove microbial contaminants. “ . . almost all (93%) sampled cleaning towels contained viable microorganisms even after laundering.” Organisms included P luteola and Klebsiella.
Citation: American Journal of Infection Control 41: 912-915
Findings: 55% of clean linen was contaminated prior to patient contact. “Actively antimicrobial textiles would represent a valuable measure to prevent textiles from being a vehicle for transfer of microorganisms. “
Citation: Advances in Micro-Biology,2013, 3, 515-519
Findings: Hospital privacy curtain are rapidly contaminated with a wide variety of pathogens. “92% (of curtains) placed during the study showed contamination within 1 week.”
Citation: American Journal of Infection Control xxx (2012) 1-3
Findings: Up to 60% of hospital staff uniforms colonized with potentially harmful bacteria
Citation: American Journal of Infection Control Vol. 39, No. 7, pp 555-559
Findings: B. Cereus led to an outbreak of intravenous catheter infections. “ . . . our findings demonstrated that B. cereus contamination of hospital linens can cause nosocomial bacteremia.”
Citation: Eur J Clin Microbial Infect Dis (2011) 30: 219–226
Findings: HCW uniforms in LTCF found to be highly contaminated with MRSA. “This contamination can function as a reservoir, since pockets and their contents can contaminate carriers’ hands. Similarly, clothing can act as a vector …”
Citation: Journal of Hospital Infection 71: 170-175
Findings: Privacy curtains are often contaminated with pathogens and “our data suggest that hospital curtains have the potential to contribute to contamination of HCWs’ hands, the major source of transmission of nosocomial pathogens.”
Citation: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Vol. 29, No. 11 pp. 1074-1076
Findings: Over half of the surface samples taken from the beds and the mattresses were positive for MRSA” in a study evaluating the contamination of isolation rooms.
Citation: Journal of Hospital Infection 62: 187-194
Findings: Probability of MRSA outbreak linked to staff white coats. ”This suggested a high probability of cross-infection between the patients and the hospital staff in the ward. . . doctors and nurses should be cautious that their coats might be contaminated with the prevailing strains of MRSA.”
Citation: J. Infect Chemother 9: 172-177
Findings: Respirable-sized aerosols of MRSA can be spread during bed making which “ . . . may play a role in MRSA colonization in the nasal cavity, or sequentially, in respiratory MRSA infections.”
Citation: J Hosp Infect 50: 30 -35
Findings: 39% of nurse’s freshly laundered uniforms were positive for pathogens including S. Aureus, C. difficile and VRE. “With the possibility of cross-contamination to patients from staff uniforms, it is essential for clothing worn by healthcare workers to be adequately decontaminated”.
Citation: Journal of Hospital Infection 48: 238-241
Findings: Changing bed sheets increases the level of airborne contaminants including MRSA. “During this test period, there were approximately 50 times the number of CFU as during the resting period.”
Citation: Arch Otolavyngol Head Neck Sorg. 127: 644-648
Findings: All MRSA/VRE isolates survived 1 day (some >90days) on scrub suits, lab coats, and privacy drapes. “Viability of enterococci on fabrics tended to be longer than their reported survival on other hospital surfaces.”
Citation: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp 724-726
Findings: Assessment of environmental contamination in endemic cases of MRSA showed that over 50% of samples taken from bed linens and patient gowns were contaminated. “Personnel may contaminate their gloves (or possibly their hands) by touching such surfaces suggests that contaminated environmental surfaces may serve as a reservoir of MRSA in hospitals”.
Citation: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Vol. 18, No. 9: 622-627
Findings: Hospital linen heavily contaminated by B. Cereus
Citation: Epidemiology. Infection. 113, 297-306