Home-washed surgical scrubs at greater contamination risk

The study, carried out by Bioscience Laboratories in the US and sponsored by Molnlycke Health Care US, found that home-laundered scrubs cleaned and ready to wear had as many bacteria in them as facility-laundered, third-party laundered and single-use scrubs which had been worn for a day. A total of 80 surgical scrub garments, tops and bottoms were collected from multiple healthcare facilities across the US. There were 10 sets of scrubs in each category: single-use; home-laundered; facility-laundered and third-party laundered.

"According to these results, a healthcare professional beginning his or her shift in home-laundered scrubs would essentially be wearing scrubs with the same quantity of bacteria as the scrubs of a healthcare professional finishing a shift in worn scrubs," said Heather Beitz, director of clinical research for Molnlycke Health Care.

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Source: Cleanroom Technology

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