Infection can be transferred from used items of clothing ( service users clothes or staff work wear) linen ( sheets, bedding, towels) and the environments in which they are laundered / stored. Therefore effective laundry management is essential to prevent cross infection between people and to protect staff that transport and handle used laundry/linen.
Guidance on infection control in linen and laundry in Care homes ( including respite homes) can be found in
pages 59-62: Linen and laundry
Also: Infection Control Leads for residential and respite homes may also find this short document helpful in writing guidance for staff on the handling of linen and laundry.
(Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures 01-04 – Decontamination of linen for health and social care: Social care. DH 2013)