WEBINAR: Why infection control is vital in a care home laundry

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A webinar this Wednesday 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 also feature Miele Professional guest partner, BES Healthcare, who will be talking about how to ensure that items that cannot be laundered are also kept infection free.

Controlling the spread of infections in care homes is an incredibly important task, particularly when you consider that many of our most frail and elderly people are being cared for in this setting. In close proximity, infections can spread quickly between residents and have a devastating effect on the care home population. This was highlighted at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when care homes and nursing homes around the UK were reporting some of the most alarming statistics around infection and mortality rates.

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The laundry is an area in a care home that can be front and centre in the battle against infections and the upcoming Miele Professional webinar will aim to highlight just how important this area of any care home is. 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.

Can you afford not to attend and find out about the very latest techniques in preventing the spread of infection in your care home?

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

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