In 2013 the Department of Health and Social care issued the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM 01-04) : guidance about decontaminating linen used in health and social care. This supersedes the Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures and provides up-to-date evidence-based guidance on the decontamination of linen for health and social care.
These new comprehensive guidelines are divided into four individual memoranda which cover all aspects of linen processing.
Decontamination of linen for health and social care:
The Health Act Code of Practice recommends that healthcare organisations comply with guidance establishing Essential Quality Requirements (EQR) and demonstrate that a plan is in place for progression to Best Practice (BP)
Essential Quality Requirements (EQR), for the purposes of this best practice guidance, is a term that encompasses all existing statutory and regulatory requirements. They will help to demonstrate that an acute provider operates safely with respect to its decontamination services.
Best Practice (BP) is additional to the EQR. Best Practice as defined in this guidance covers nonmandatory policies and procedures that aim to further minimise risks to patients; deliver better patient outcomes; promote and encourage innovation and choice; and achieve cost efficiencies.
What this means for you is that in order to comply with government regulations, you’ll now need to adhere to the essential quality requirements relevant to you in each of these documents. To help you understand these updates, we’ve outlined key areas that specifically affect this essential process in care homes and how they can be implemented into your everyday Onsite Premises Laundry (OPL) processes.
When it comes to healthcare, the well-being and safety of your residents and staff are of utmost importance. Ensuring their happiness is not enough; you also have to shield them from viruses, infections, and cross-contamination.
At Spark Care, we understand the critical role that reliable laundry equipment plays in care homes and the essential need for a secure environment. Our recommended state-of-the-art machines are specifically designed to meet the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene, providing you with peace of mind knowing that your residents and staff are protected.
By investing in our care home laundry audit service, you can effectively minimize the risk of contamination and maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone in your care home.
Trust Spark Care to provide you with the tools you need to prioritize the well-being and safety of your residents and staff.
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