UKHSA | spread of bacteria in linen

image of pile of bed linen
In response to recent queries this summer regarding bacteria being present in linen, UKHSA have issued a summary sheet of best practices for controlling the spread of bacteria.
Main messages:
  • In the summer bacteria can grow on linen faster, because of higher temperatures.
  • Appropriate handling of linen can decrease the risk of infection from contaminated linen. National guidelines on correct handling of linen are in place and are outlined in the above document.
In addition to the summary sheet, more Information on laundry practices is available here: Prevention and control of infection in care homes – an information resource (
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