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Care home staff and managers are being asked to take part in a study of laundry infection control in care homes.  

The survey, carried out by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), aims to identify knowledge gaps, and to recognise and encourage best practice in running a care home laundry.

DMU is working with the Textiles Services Association on the study, which closes at the end of November. 

Two surveys are available: for managers and for other care home workers. Links to the surveys can be found here:  

Healthcare managers   

Healthcare worker (Carer)  

Study lead Katie Laird, Professor of Microbiology at DMU, said: “There is no national picture of the different policies and procedures in place in care home settings. I believe the results of this survey will benefit the industry and help us to build capacity after the pandemic.”   

The survey will be followed up with a series of focus groups, user interviews and sessions with managers and policy writers. 

The questionnaire, which takes five minutes to complete, covers the following topics:  

  • Existing infection controls with regards to laundry 
  • Current processing methods for bed, bathroom and personal clothing laundry
  • Processing methods, procedures and management for soiled linen
  • Attitudes towards existing infection controls policies associated with laundry   
  • Understanding of the barriers to care home settings implementing infection control policies 
  • Bed change policy
  • Care workers’ knowledge of infection control policies in care home settings.

The Textile Services Association (TSA) is the trade association for textile services professionals.      

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