Hygienically Clean Healthcare

healthcareWhen healthcare facilities review textile services options, every laundry under consideration should be TRSA Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified. The certification reflects laundries’ commitment to best management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by TRSA inspection and their capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing. A laundry’s dedication to compliance and processing healthcare linens and garments using BMPs as described in its quality assurance documentation (QA) is confirmed. QA is the focus of TRSA inspectors’ evaluation of critical control points to minimize risk.

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The AORN Seal of Recognition has been awarded to Hygienically Clean Healthcare on 10-1-2015 and does not imply that AORN approves or endorses any product or service mentioned in any presentation, format or content. The AORN Recognition program is separate from the AORN, ANCC Accredited Provider Unit and therefore does not include any CE credit for programs.

The AORN Seal of Recognition communicates to the perioperative and health care community that Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification is dedicated to excellence in patient care (see below).

The independent, third-party inspection confirms essential evidence that:

  • Employees are properly trained and protected
  • Managers understand legal requirements
  • OSHA-compliant
  • Physical plant operates effectively

Laundries pass three rounds of outcome-based microbial testing, indicating that their processes are producing Hygienically Clean Healthcare linens and garments and zero presence of harmful bacteria. To maintain certification, laundry plants must pass quarterly testing to ensure that as laundry conditions change, such as water quality, textile fabric composition and wash chemistry, laundered product quality is consistently maintained.

This process eliminates subjectivity by focusing on outcomes and results that verify textiles cleaned in these facilities meet appropriate hygienically clean standards and BMPs for hospitals, surgery centers, medical offices, nursing homes and other medical facilities.

Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification acknowledges laundries’ effectiveness in protecting healthcare operations through testing and inspections that scrutinize quality control procedures in textile services operations related to the handling of textiles containing blood and other potentially infectious materials.

Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries use processes, chemicals and BMPs acknowledged by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, American National Standards Institute and others. Introduced in 2012, Hygienically Clean Healthcare brought to North America the international cleanliness standards for healthcare linens and garments used worldwide by the Certification Association for Professional Textile Services and the European Committee for Standardization.

Objective experts in epidemiology, infection control, nursing and other healthcare professions work with TRSA launderers to ensure the certification continues to enforce the highest standards for producing clean healthcare textiles. With 100+ years as the textile services industry’s leading business association, TRSA’s expertise in laundry BMP development is unmatched.

TRSA does not stipulate processes, chemicals or procedures to achieve BMPs-—only that whatever protocols the laundry deems appropriate are documented and practiced. Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries are free to practice whatever tactics are needed to meet Minimum Performance Specifications for bacteriological testing. But they must document their tactics including written quality control procedures.

Combat HAI by Quantifying Linen Cleanliness

TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci explains the need for TRSA certification in light of growing recognition among medical professionals that every possible carrier of healthcare associated infections, including linen, must be scientifically assessed for risk potential.

Whitepaper: Quantifying Hygienically Clean Leaves No Doubt

Hygienically Clean is an established threshold that guides the reduction of pathogens on textile products to levels that pose no threat of human illness. The following research provides scientific, quantitative definitions that explicitly establish and validate levels that define hygienically clean; and documents the emerging importance to the U.S. healthcare industry of quantifying and verifying textile hygiene.

The AORN Seal of Recognition has been awarded to Hygienically Clean Healthcare on 10-1-2015 and does not imply that AORN approves or endorses any product or service mentioned in any presentation, format or content. The AORN Recognition program is separate from the AORN, ANCC Accredited Provider Unit and therefore does not include any CE credit for programs.