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Contaminated Linen, linen that is soaked with blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) which is considered reusable should be isolated from other linen and handled carefully. It should be placed in a suitable leak proof bag or leak proof container and handled as little as possible during transit. Recommended water temperatures to be used in order to disinfect thermally are contained in the Department of Health’s guidance Hospital laundry arrangements for used and infected linen.
In the community setting without access to specific services, regulated laundry should be washed with a detergent using the hot wash cycle of a domestic washing machine to a temperature of at least 80 degrees. Laundry can be dry cleaned at elevated temperatures, or dry cleaned cold followed by steam pressing.
Finally, overloading of washing machines should be avoided and Personal Protective Equipment should be used when handling any washing that could pose a risk.