WHAT IS LAUNDRY

Laundry in a health-care facility that include washing, cleaning, disinfecting and drying all kind of linen used in hospital like bed sheets, blankets, towels, personal clothing, patient apparel, uniforms, scrub suits, gowns, and drapes for surgical procedures.

Difference Between General Laundry and Hospital Laundry

General laundry

  • Wash domestic linen
  • Usually wash regular stains like oil dirt dust ink etc.
  • No segregated area and sorting of linen.

Hospital laundry

  • Wash hospital linen
  • Wash soiled from various fluids i.e. Blood, urine, Feces.
  • Hygiene washing
  • Infection control
  • Segregated dirty and clean zones.
  • Separate inlet and outlet for linen.

Significance of laundry

Laundry Department is responsible for providing an adequate, clean and constant supply of linen to all users. A reliable laundry service is of utmost importance to the hospital. In today’s medical care facilities, patients expect linen to be changed daily.

Regular washing of clothes and bedding, helps to remove any bacteria, dirt, fleas, mites and other irritants or infection. Washing of clothes and bedding can help reduce the incidence of infectious diseases, such as diarrhea disease, respiratory infections, scabies and other skin infections.

LAUNDRY ZONES

DIRTY ZONE

This Area Involves Recieving ,Sorting ,  Washing Straining of Water Process.

CLEAN ZONE

The Area Involves The Drying, Ironing , Packaging and Storing of Linen.

CLASSIFICATION OF LINEN

SOILED

Soiled linen refers to linen which is visibly contaminated with blood or body fluids etc.

INFECTED

Infected linen refer to which receive from infectious departments like Hepatitis, covid or other contagious disease.

RADIO ACTIVE

This category usually refer the linen which used by hospital staff and doctors in OT and labour rooms.

FOUL

This category deals with general purpose linen used in hospitals

LAYOUT

  • Receiving & Sorting
  • Weighing
  • Spotting
  • Washing
  • Drying
  • Sewing / Mending
  • Ironing
  • Packaging
  • Storage
  • Distribution

Equipment used in Laundry

  • Weighing scale
  • Spotting machine 
  • Washer
  • Barrier washer
  • Washer Extractors
  • Dryers
  • Flat work ironer
  • Steam Pressers
  • Hand Ironer
  • Sewing machine

 

WEIGHING SCALE

A scale or balance is a device used to measure weight or mass. These are also known as mass scales, weight scales, mass balances, and weight balances

SPOTTING MACHINE

  • A spotting machine is workspace, which is used by dry-cleaners/launderers to remove stains on clothing, textiles, home furnishings etc. using a combination of chemical, vacuum, steam or high-pressure water sprays.

Washer

A washing machine is an appliance used to wash laundry. The term is mostly applied to machines that use water as opposed to dry cleaning or ultrasonic cleaners. The user adds laundry detergent, which is sold in liquid or powder form, to the wash water.



BARRIER WASHER

  • A barrier washer is the ideal way to prevent cross-contamination in large-scale laundry operations. The barrier washers are built in a physical wall separating the loading & unloading side. This set-up ensures an optimal sanitation and avoids contact between clean, disinfected laundry & soiled, contaminated linen.

WASHER EXTRACTOR

A washer-extractor (or automatic washing machine) automatically fills with water, cleans fabrics, and then extracts the water from the fabrics, usually by spinning them in a drum

DRYER

A clothes dryer, also known as tumble dryer or simply dryer, is a powered appliance that is used to remove moisture from a load of clothing, bedding and other textiles, usually shortly after they are washed in a washing machine.

FLAT WORK IRON

Flatwork ironers are large commercial appliances which are used in businesses with high volumes of laundry which iron sheets, pillow cases, table clothes and other large items automatically. These ironers are duel purpose. As well as removing creases from these items, they also dry them at the same time.

STEAM PRESSER

A pressing iron with a compartment holding water that is converted to steam by the iron’s heat and emitted through the soleplate onto the fabric being pressed.

 

HAND IRONER

The general name for a hand-held iron consisting simply of a handle and a solid, flat, metal base, and named for the flat ironing face used to press clothes

SEWING MACHINE

A machine with a mechanically driven needle for sewing or stitching cloth. This machine used to sew fabric and materials together with thread.