A Quest To Guard Linen From Coronavirus At Hospitals
In the wake of the recent coronavirus scare, the Indian government is adopting various measures to tackle the pandemic, but just like most of the other healthcare associated infections (HAIs) – a frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery worldwide – coronavirus can also be transmitted through hospital linens.
While the spread of COVID-19 is still a debatable matter, the measures to minimise the transmission of coronavirus through any medium is being looked at intensely, but the propensity to which patients, doctors, nurses and each and every caregiver is exposed to, is extremely critical. According to reports, Coronaviruses are transmitted in most instances through large respiratory droplets and contact transmission, that may be directly through physical touch, clothes or any essential that can be used by multiple people. It is believed that Corona Virus have a ‘seed-inflict’ tendency wherein if it sources the required temperature from any place, it regenerates its causes and effect. Linen being one of the potential mediums in hospitals, a mechanism to treat the soiled linen effectively is much needed.
The Barrier Washing concept meets the required standard for microbiological control to combat cases like the recent coronavirus, and further recognises the essential difference between visibly clean and hygienically clean linen. A barrier laundry works in line with a marche’en’avant (literally, “going forward”) principle and uses a wall to separate clean linen from dirty linen. The Barrier washers developed by Electrolux have two doors, one for loading and the other for unloading that marks the dirty and clean sides respectively. Barrier washing machines and finishing machines also include a disinfection cycle and a means of traceability and residual moisture control.