An op-ed on the Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality website said commercial laundries serve hospitals safely and effectively.
Recent lawsuits related to mold outbreaks at some hospitals should not deter hospitals from using commercial laundries, the article said.
Each year, tens of thousands of tons of linens are laundered for healthcare facilities.
Since the late 1970s, according to the op-ed, the Centers for Disease Control can identify 13 incidents worldwide connecting laundry hygiene to healthcare-associated infections. Three of these were in the United States.
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