The linen and laundry department is responsible for providing
clean and washed linen after collecting dirty/soiled linen from
all the hospital areas i.e. Operation theatres, the Indoor
wards, Outpatient department, Intensive Care Units of LHDM and
Dr. Prem Hospital.
OBJECTIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT
The aim is to provide adequate quantity of the quality and
sterile linen at the right time at the requisite place to indoor
patients, operation theatres and other patient care areas of the
In-Charge Linen & Laundry services, In-Charge Nursing services
and housekeeping personnel are a part of the linen and laundry
committee which remains functional on all 365 days in a year in
order to ensure uninterrupted timely supply of the washed linen.
We at Dr. Prem Hospital give utmost importance to the
cleanliness and minimizing exposure and spread of infection. The
laundry containers carrying used linens are colour coded into
two categories as mentioned below to disinfect the contaminated
linen before washing:
1. Yellow Bag:
Infected linen soiled with patient blood, excreta or body
fluids. Contaminated linen from a patient who is known, or
clinically suspected, to be infectious. For example salmonella,
hepatitis A, B or C, open pulmonary tuberculosis, HIV etc. All
the contaminated linen is dipped in 5% sodium hypochlorite for
1-2 hrs and first disinfected and then sent for washing.
2. Green Bag: Dirty linen/ non- infected linen i.e. used
linen that is apparently not stained with blood, excreta, body
fluids etc. All the linen that is not contaminated is send for
washing directly after packing in the green laundry bags.
Hospital infection control measures are taken to prevent gross
microbial contamination of the air and persons handling the
linen. Personnel handling soiled linen are provided with
Personal Protective Devices like Workers gloves, Face masks,
caps etc. Clean linens are transported and stored by methods
that ensure maximum cleanliness and sterility. Bed linen/
Patients gown are changed daily and whenever soiled with blood
or body fluids.
All soiled linen form OT is separately decontaminated using 5%
Sodium Hypochlorite solution before sending to the laundry. It
is then packed in sealed linen bags. All clean contaminated line
is sorted and packed in sealed linen bags directly.
We make sure that the pillows have heat-sealed, waterproof
covers, which are cleaned with detergent and water between
patients. If cover is damaged or punctured, and article itself
is contaminated it is condemned and disposed of as a waste.
Pillows are regularly changed with fresh pillow case and beds
are disinfected with 1% sodium hypo chloride after death and
discharge of a patient.
At LHDMH, Laundry Service is an outsourced facility. Manual
washing and Mechanized cleaning facilities are available in the
out sourced laundry. This includes disinfection, sluicing,
washing, drying, ironing & calendaring. We frequently visit the
outsourced facility to make that the standard laundry processes
are followed with maximum cleanliness and sterility.