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Keep Your Nose Clean - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2018

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1 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 Tips for Laundering Your Own Linens I know we're in the minority, but we launder our linens on- site instead of sending them out to a laundering service or letting staff wash their scrubs at home. We've been doing our own laundry for all 25 years I've been at our ENT and oph- thalmology surgery center. We started with a household washer and dryer, but upgraded about 10 years ago to an industrial-sized washer and dryer that can hold about 20 pairs of scrubs at a time. We typically do about 7 loads of laundry each day — sheets, pillowcases, gowns and scrubs. Here are some helpful pointers if you want to do your own linens: • Right temperature. A temperature of at least 160°F for a minimum of 25 minutes is commonly recommended for hot- water washing. The challenge of self-laundering is always having hot water for the washing machine and warm water for the rest of the building. But if you turn up your building's water supply to 160°F, you risk scalding your surgeons, staff • LAUNDRY DUTY If you have an on-site laundry, everyone should pitch in when they have a free hand. Jenny Brallier, RN Ideas Work That

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