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Re: Guidelines for Clinical Hand basins and Laundering of Patient clothing in hospitals

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Wishart, Michael
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Not sure what happened with my previous reply, sorry, My phone didnt seem to post very well!! Try again

Hi Joanna

We have also asked this question, in regard to washing leads in sleep studies room hand basins. We could not find any specific guidance, but were told that it is considered “best practice” for the rationale of contaminating hand basin drains with pathogens.

I would also like to hear from anyone who has thoughts on this, or even better, has some studies to support or refute this concept.

Thanks
Michael

Michael Wishart | GPH – Infection Control Coordinator

GPH – Quality & Safety Unit (Infection Control) | Greenslopes Private Hospital
Newdegate Street, Greenslopes QLD 4120
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From: AICA Infexion Connexion [mailto:AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU] On Behalf Of Joanna Harris
Sent: Friday, 21 January 2011 9:15 AM
To: AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU
Subject: Re: [AICA_Infexion_Connexion] Guidelines for Clinical Hand basins and Laundering of Patient clothing in hospitals

Hi Fiona,
Thanks for that. Beth is away today so I thought Id clarify our enquiry on the clinical hand wash basins:

Were specifically enquiring as to whether anyone is aware of Australian guidance stipulating that clinical hand wash basins are used for hand hygiene and hand hygiene alone ie cannot be used for the disposal of any other liquid waste (such as denture pot contents, wash bowl contents etc) or the cleaning of items such as dentures, medicine pots, enteral feeding equipment etc. We have been unable to find such a statement in our NSW, Commonwealth or AHFG reading.

The reason for asking about the washing machines is that the arguments about discriminating against patients who have no family / friends / other way to get their personal items laundered, particularly for our haem / onc fairly long term people who live a distance away, do have credence and our volunteers are particularly concerned. We want to be sure that any laundry facilities we do have comply with AS/NZS 4146 as stipulated in the IC policy and so are developing an audit tool and business rules etc.

I hope this clarifies the enquiry.
Jo

Nurse Manager, Infection Management and Control Service (IMACS)

Level 1, Lawson House
The Wollongong Hospital
LMB 8808
SCMC NSW 2521

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From: AICA Infexion Connexion [mailto:AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU] On Behalf Of Fiona de Sousa
Sent: Friday, 21 January 2011 9:15 AM
To: AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU
Subject: Re: Guidelines for Clinical Hand basins and Laundering of Patient clothing in hospitals

Hi Beth,

Refer to the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines, Part D- Infection Prevention and Control http://www.healthfacilityguidelines.com.au/

This document provides information on the four different types of basins required in a hospital and their specific uses. Also the AHFG provide room layout standard components sheets which also tell you what type of hand basin is required including its purpose.

Although you may not be undertaking any renovations / building works the infection prevention and control section is still sound advice and is mandatory for NSW (it is listed in the front of the NSW Health PD2007_036).

I cant help you on the laundering of patient clothing as we specifically removed all patient washing machines and clothes dryers a number of years ago.

Kind Regards,

Fiona De Sousa
Infection Prevention & Control Coordinator
Sydney Adventist Hospital
Mobile: 0408 468 470
Office: (02) 9487 9732
Fax: (02) 9472 8053
Fiona.Desousa@sah.org.au
185 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga, NSW, 2076

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From: AICA Infexion Connexion [mailto:AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU] On Behalf Of Beth Bint
Sent: Thursday, 20 January 2011 3:08 PM
To: AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU
Subject: [AICA_Infexion_Connexion] Guidelines for Clinical Hand basins and Laundering of Patient clothing in hospitals

Hi All

Clinical Hand Basins
Does any one know of any Australian guidelines/standards/policies that state: clinical hand basins are only to be used for hand hygiene purposes?

Laundering of Patient Clothing Guidelines
Does anyone have a local policy/procedure/guideline for the laundering of patient clothing within a healthcare facility that you would like to share?

Thank you
Beth

Beth Bint | Clinical Nurse Consultant Infection Prevention and Control,
Infection Management and Control Service (IMACS)
The Wollongong Hospital|| ph +61 2 4222 5869 page 182 via switch+61 2 4222 5000| beth.bint@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

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