Evaluation of the Occurrence and Risk of Microbes in Laundry and Laundry-associated Surfaces

Evaluation of the Occurrence and Risk of Microbes in Laundry and Laundry-associated Surfaces

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Viable bacteria have been found on environmental surfaces, including washed and unwashed clothing, and places that come into contact with laundry. Under certain conditions, clothing contaminated with pathogenic organisms may present a health risk to the laundry handler. This research project focused on (i) evaluating Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA survival using front-load and top-load washing machines; (ii) determining relative microbial levels on new, disposable, laundered and unlaundered hospital scrubs; (iii) characterizing the relative hygiene of public and apartment laundromat surfaces; and (iv) developing a quantitative risk assessment for laundry handlers.Summary of laundry load contents Each laundry load contained one soiled pillowcase, four inoculated swatches, and 3.2 kg of sterile ballast. ... Washing treatments A diagram summarizing experimental procedures is presented in Figure 1.1. Loads were washed in either a top-load type (Frigidaire, model number FLEB8200DS0, Martinez, GA) and a front-load type (Whirlpool duet, model numberanbsp;...


Title:Evaluation of the Occurrence and Risk of Microbes in Laundry and Laundry-associated Surfaces
Author: Jeanne McDonald Nordstrom
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009
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