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What Are the Regulations Surrounding Hospital Laundries?

It’s paramount that hospitals maintain the highest possible levels of hygiene in order to prevent the spread of bacteria and infections – and with so many unwell people in one shared space, this can easily happen. This, of course, is something that extends to laundry services, as infection can potentially be easily passed on when clothes are worn by several patients.

So what measures should hospital staff be taking to ensure that hospital laundry services are meeting regulations? A document by the Department of Health and Social Care details the standard that they encourage those operating laundry systems in hospital settings to maintain.

The European Standard BS EN 14065

BS EN 14065 is a quality management system with the aim of ensuring contamination control of processed linen, in environments where microbiological contamination is a risk. This involves a Risk Analysis and Biocontamination Control system.

Risk Analysis and Biocontamination Control

An RABC system serves to continuously monitor the microbiological quality of processed linen. It involves identifying microbiological hazards associated with each step of the washing process and determining corresponding control measures, assessing environmental conditions that can be controlled to eliminate or reduce risks. Control points should regularly be observed for monitoring purposes, and corrected when it becomes apparent that a particular point/environmental condition is not under control. System checking procedures must be in place to ensure that it is working effectively, supported by the appropriate documentation.

Although this standard provides users with an effective approach to ensure consistent, effective contamination control, it is not legally-binding and cannot provide for all laundry services – specific processes and product regulations are left to local jurisdictions/industries.

Independent Accreditation

Linen processors aren’t required to have independent certification, but it contributes to Best Practice as an official mark of quality, providing service users with peace of mind that they are in good hands.

Maintaining consistency

It’s imperative that hospital laundry regulations are met – and consistently reviewed – to ensure that patients are kept safe. A recently-published academic study details the case of a washing machine in a German hospital which was found to be harbouring drug-resistant bacteria, consequently spreading this to newborns in a neonatal unit via freshly

laundered clothes. Though no infection occurred and the culpable washing machine was removed immediately, this story understandably sparked concern regarding the hygiene of hospital washing machines.

It was found that the washing machine in question was meant to be for domestic use only, so was not at all suitable for washing patients’ clothes. This just highlights the importance of industrial washing machines in a hospital environment, in order to withstand the demands of continuous washing and ensure maximum hygiene.

If you think your washing machines may not be standing up to the test, it may be time to consider investing in new industrial washing machines to make sure that you are getting the job done correctly.

Aventus Laundry provide trustworthy industrial and commercial washing machines at an affordable price, as well as offering repairs and maintenance services carried out by our fully-trained engineers. To find out more, contact our expert team on 0800 069 8082.

What Are the Different Types Of Commercial Washing Machines?

What Are the Different Types Of Commercial Washing Machines?

Washing machines are pivotal to the operations of many businesses. Restaurants, hotels and B&Bs, to name a few, rely heavily on the use of commercial washing machines. Finding the machine most suitable to your business’ needs is equally as important, a task easier said than done with the sheer variety of commercial washing machines available on the market. In this article, we’re going to detail the various benefits of each commercial washing machine, helping you to find the right machine for your business.

Light commercial washing machine

Capacity: 5-8kg

The light commercial washing machine is ideal for general use. It is the most standard type of commercial washing machine and will be beneficial to use for general daily washing of up to 8 washes a day. Businesses that undergo regular, light washing should opt for a light commercial washing machine.

Commercial washing machine

Capacity: 7.5-68kg

Commercial washing machines are for similar use as light commercial washing machines, but can take more loads. For general washing purposes at over 8 washes a day, choose a commercial washing machine.

Stacked washer dryers

Capacity: 6-16kg

Stacked washer dryers are perfect for maximising space in laundry rooms. Their ability to stack on top of one another means that you can implement many of them in a single area. This is great if your space is small and/or you’re catering for the washing of multiple people.

Industrial washing machines

Capacity: 45-200kg

These washing machines are built to handle huge loads and constant usage. They are typically quite large, requiring a fair amount of space, but cater for large loads of up to 220kg. They are ideal for commercial environments where washing is needed to be done continuously for the successful operation of the business.

Barrier washing machines

Capacity: 16-180kg

Barrier washing machines are perfect for commercial environments, such as restaurants or hospitals, where hygiene is an absolute priority. Barrier washing machines reduce cross contamination by separating the loading and unloading side of the machine via a physical barrier. The dirty clothes get placed in one side and can only be unloaded from the other side. Opt for these washing machines if working in any environment where cleanliness and hygiene is of critical importance.

Coin-operated washing machines

Capacity 6-23kg

These washing machines only work when a customer has paid. They are ideal for launderettes and other public washing rooms, as they enable you to run a standard customer service efficiently. They have a maximum capacity of 23kg, making them suitable for personal use for each individual customer, without allowing the washing of multiple customers to be done for the price of one.

Here at Aventus, we offer a variety of laundry equipment, catering for businesses of all types and sizes. Whether you need many industrial washing machines or just a single light commercial washing machine, we can help. We’re proud to offer competitive prices on all our washing machines, including some of the most modern and technologically advanced washing machines on the market. To enquire further, give our friendly team a call today.

Why Good Laundry Practice Is Vital To Your Care Home

Why Good Laundry Practice Is Vital To Your Care Home

Thorough and efficient laundry practices in a care home are not only vital for a safe and smoothly functioning establishment, but for the health and happiness of residents too. Care homes will typically require large, commercial washing machines and commercial driers to handle the laundry demands of such a residence, and ensuring that you use equipment correctly and follow health and safety protocols is imperative. The knock on effects of good laundry practices can be felt by everyone – staff and residents – in a care home.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways good laundry practices impact a care home.

Health

It is crucial for your residents’ health and wellbeing that stringent health and safety standards are met in a care home, and this encompasses decontaminating linen and clothing. Meeting the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM 01-04) guidelines is a good place to start to ensure you are complying with government regulations.

Meeting guidelines isn’t just important from a legislative point of view, the impact of providing thorough laundry processes will have a direct impact on the health of residents and staff. For staff, proper laundry handling procedures will protect them from dangerous contamination and make laundry work more efficient. Residents will benefit from linen and clothes which have undergone careful cleaning or sufficient thermal and chemical decontamination. Items which have not met adequate cleaning standards can contribute to the spread of illness, which can be particularly dangerous for the elderly.

Resident happiness

Having freshly laundered, clean clothes to hand is key to maintaining residents’ happiness, affording them individuality and dignity in a setting where much else is, inevitably, beyond their control. By having sufficient laundry facilities and efficient processes on site, laundry can be carried out frequently and to a high standard. Having machines with varying settings, or different kinds of machines, can also help to ensure all needs are met – for example, both decontamination and caring for clothes which are more delicate. This will ensure residents can continually enjoy a choice of laundered clothing and a fresh room.

Attracting new residents

Nursing homes which are able to offer and demonstrate a high quality of care will be more successful in attracting new residents. Whilst the physical premises of a care home will play an influential role, the facilities available will also help shape an opinion of your establishment. If you are able to highlight that you adhere to a high standard of cleanliness and provide thorough laundry practices, this will definitely work in your favour with prospective residents and their families.

Aventus Group  have over 20 years of experience providing high quality commercial equipment to a wide selection of clients. We are able to meet the needs of a wide variety of organisations, supplying efficient laundry equipment from reputable brands. With attentive after-sales, maintenance and repairs services, you can rest assured you are opting for a dependable and long-lasting laundry solution with Aventus Laundry. If you have any enquiries, get in touch with our helpful team today – we operate nationwide.

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Welcome to Aventus Laundry

The team here at Aventus Laundry would like to welcome you to our brand new blog page. This will feature regular posts updating readers on the latest news and advice from our company, as well as the wider industry.

Check back here regularly to have a read through the latest posts we’ve been sharing – in the meantime, have a browse through our website to find out more about our services!