Environmental Services - October 2014

Laundry council backs CDC Ebola guidelines

The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is advising healthcare laundries to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on processing Ebola-related linens


Controlling allergies in a long-term living facility

A blog on the Long-Term Living website offers five environmental tips to surviving allergy season


OSHA issues Ebola guidance

The agency is being urged to move forward with an infectious-disease rule initiated in 2010


Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center FM honored

Brian Tallmadge recognized with 'Managers of Distinction' Award


Protecting healthcare workers from splash exposures

Splashes occur during workers' daily activities like emptying suction cups, spraying bedpans or changing fecal tubes of catheters


When Ebola is suspected but not confirmed, linen should be left in the room until test results are obtained

If the tests show the patient is not infected, the linen can be processed according to regular procedure, if the patient has the virus, the linen should be discarded and treated as regulated medical waste


Outstanding healthcare environmental services professionals honored

Honorees recognized for making a difference for patients and long-term care residents


CDC: Discard Ebola patient linens as regulated medical waste

CDC lists laundry and housekeeping staff as 'healthcare personnel' who should follow its recommendations during cleaning and disinfection activities


Environmental services 'secret weapon' against HAIs

Scientist says environmental services staff rarely appear on the radar of hospital administrators except when there's a need for budget cuts


Scottish hospital not clean enough for HEI inspectors

Inspectors found contaminated linen on 'ready to use' patient beds


Survey names 10 cleanest Dallas hospitals

Facilities chosen from Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey data



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