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WEBINAR: Infection prevention and control for care home laundry

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A forthcoming webinar hosted by Miele Professional in partnership with CHP will look at best practice guidance as outlined by the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission for infection prevention in a care home.

The webinar at 10.30am on 26 May will clarify roles and responsibilities and also look at the differences between domestic and commercial equipment in the battle against infections.

Sam Holden, Business Account Manager at Miele Professional, who will be presenting during the webinar, said: “Infection prevention has really come under the microscope in the past 12 months since the start of the global pandemic and the alarming number of cases reported in care and nursing homes throughout the UK. Although a focus on hygiene is nothing new in social care, COVID-19 has certainly highlighted the need to ensure that current working practices are of the very highest standards and nowhere is this more important than in the laundry area.

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“Linens and personal clothing of residents can act as virus incubators, with airborne illnesses sitting on the fibres waiting to attach to the next person. Personal protective equipment (PPE) does provide a degree of protection for all staff but the only way to ensure that infections are eradicated is to have a rigorous laundry process that sees all washable materials cleaned at hygiene control temperatures. This should include staff uniforms which should be laundered on premise at the end of each shift and not taken home where the risk of spreading infection is greater.

“The type of infections that are often found in a care home and easily transmitted on clothing include: norovirus, Clostridium difficile, Staphylococcus Aureus and Influenza. These types of infections can cause outbreaks in residential care facilities that can result in temporary closures and strict isolations for residents and staff. COVID-19 has taken this one step further as the incubation period is longer and residents can also be asymptomatic.”

You can book your place for the webinar by clicking here.

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