– then dried and further processed. Barrier washer/spinners
come with varying capacities;
suitable machines are
available for nearly every application and budget in the healthcare
of industrial laundry machines, e.g. Primus,
washers with capacities ranging
18 to 180 kilograms.
“When a strategy for developing an in-house laundry
planned in order to prevent the spread of infections, barrier
washing/spinning machines are a relatively economical solution,”
Kampmann explains. “The physical separation of clean and dirty
laundry eliminates a number of risk factors right from the start.”
If the room circumstances do not permit the setup of a barrier
the facility manager should concentrate on doing
possible to organize the available space in a horseshoe
shape. The idea behind this is similar to a barrier solution. Dirty
laundry is brought into the room for sorting and pre-processing
through one door (at the upper end of the horseshoe); the clean
laundry then leaves the room through a door on the opposite side
(the other side of the horseshoe).
“The primary goal of every laundry service is eliminating the
for cross-contamination, which can occur when dirty
and clean laundry are handled in close proximity to each other,”
He recommends that facility managers in the healthcare sector
first meet with local laundry technology dealers. These experts
can help them develop a location-based solution or determine
whether machine upgrades could increase protection against the
spread of microorganisms. “Such dealers must have experience
in the healthcare sector,” emphasizes Christoph Kampmann.
that they have a solid basis of knowledge and
they can draw from in order to assess the specific
requirements of the laundry service.”
In regard to equipment, laundry facilities need washer/spinners
with advanced, programmable controls that flexibly adapt to
wash cycles. Not only do programmable wash cycles
enable individual handling of loads based on their degree of soiling.
They also ensure that these machines can be adapted to changes
of regulatory standards. With today’s microprocessor controllers,
laundry services can control every phase of the washing cycle –
from the temperature and mechanical action to the times of the
different phases all the way to the amount of chemicals.
The demand for hygienic, fresh wash seems to be never-ending in
the healthcare environment. This is why laundries must be able
to rapidly process loads.
Here, facility supervisors must keep in mind the spin speeds
force) of washer/spinner machines. Laundries that
previously used machines with a centrifugal
force of less than
300 g are greatly handicapped in their overall processing
Washer/spinner machines with centrifugal force of 300 g or higher
remove significantly more moisture from laundry than models
with lower values. This reduces drying times and costs.
Laundries in the healthcare sector should also use dryers equipped
with moisture sensors. These detect the degree of moisture in the
load and dry the laundry to a pre-programmed degree of dampness.
Dryers with moisture sensors eliminate the phenomenon of overdry
laundry. Over-drying increases operating costs, reduces the
useful life of the laundry and wastes electricity.
of spinning with high centrifugal force and
sensor technology significantly reduces
the time needed to process loads and increases the productivity of
facilities in the healthcare sector,” explains Christoph Kampmann.
Security with management systems
Additional new laundry technologies (e.g. Primus’s Trace-Tech)
can further rationalize the management of laundries in the healthcare
sector. Such management systems are linked to the facility’s
equipment and fulfill several functions, including creating and
revising wash programs or monitoring machine status (remaining
time, in operation/standby/unloading/error) and can send a text
message or email if a machine needs service.
But the most important thing for the healthcare sector is that
the software can print a record of process data such as water
cycle and water-level. Because regulations
require washing processes to be checked, such
are useful evidence of compliance.
“These modern systems make it much easier for facility heads to
monitor the performance of their processes,” says Kampmann.
“Regulations for laundry facilities in the healthcare sector will
only become stricter in the future, and it will be the manager’s
duty to quickly provide data that confirm adherence with the corresponding
Next technological steps
Without a doubt, the rules that govern workflows in health sector
laundries will become stricter. But today’s laundry technology has
been developed to give managers the tools needed to deliver clean
results via customized wash cycles, as well as to ensure efficient
consumption of water and power.
Monitoring systems bring technology to the next level by providing
facility managers with data that demonstrates observance of the
relevant processes. But the human element
of this work must also
be considered, and management must use such data to further
supervise and train their employees.
Infection control in the healthcare sector is the result of cooperation
among all parts of a laundry service: well-trained employees,
fast, efficient and programmable equipment, and extensively
facility procedures. N
Christoph Kampmann | firstname.lastname@example.org
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