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movement of cytotoxic contaminated laundry through both healthcare and laundry facilities transport of cytotoxic contaminated laundry dealing with contaminated washable PPE use of alginate bags identification of laundry as cytotoxic through use of coloured bags, labels and stickers. designation of special collection and storage areas for cytotoxic contaminated laundry appropriate warning signs where considered necessary. 11.2 Developing control measures Policies and procedures on the safe handling and management of cyto- toxic contaminated laundry should be developed and implemented. During a risk assessment, existing control measures should be identi- fied and evaluated. If necessary, additional control measures must be developed to eliminate or minimise the risk of workers’ exposure to cyto- toxic contaminated laundry during handling processes, if existing mea- sures are inadequate. Cytotoxic contaminated laundry should be segregated at the point of generation (e.g. the ward or unit). Separate receptacles should be provided and clearly labelled for different laundry treatments. Only cytotoxic contaminated laundry should be placed in receptacles labelled as cytotoxic. Appropriate training must also be provided to ensure workers understand and follow the measures which are developed and implemented. See chapter 4 for more information on training. 11.3 Patient care areas Results of a risk assessment and consultation with laundry workers should be used to ensure patient care areas are suitably equipped to facilitate the safe segregation and storage of cytotoxic contaminated laundry. Cytotoxic contaminated laundry should be managed at the place of contamination (e.g. bedside, change room) and not carried to a laundry storage area. When handling cytotoxic contaminated laundry, considerations include, but are not limited to: access to and provision of appropriate PPE (see chapter 5) supply of alginate and labelled or purple cloth laundry bags for storage of cytotoxic contaminated laundry safe procedures for bagging cytotoxic contaminated laundry identification of contaminated laundry through colour, labelling and appropriate signage safe storage and transport facilities, also appropriately labelled or signed access to a cytotoxic spill kit. PN10522 Version 4 Last updated February 2017 – Guide for handling cytotoxic drugs and related waste A sample procedure for use of alginate bags in handling cytotoxic contaminated laundry in a patient care area may include: put on recommended PPE take alginate bag and a labelled or purple cloth bag to the contaminated laundry items place cytotoxic contaminated laundry in the alginate bag at the point of contamination to half level only seal the alginate bag with the tie supplied with the alginate bag place in a labelled or purple cloth laundry bag, and seal appropriately place the labelled or purple cloth laundry bag in designated, signed area, separate from other soiled linen, to be collected for laundering. THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL 2019 35 Filterfab introduced dissolvo sacks into Australia and over time our range has increased to a large variety of bags. These are ideal for infection control,protecting staff and patients alike. Cytotoxic patients are becoming more common and their linen has to be treated in a special way and clearly marked. To comply with this Filterfab has introduced Purple Cytotoxic Dissolvo bags clearly marked with the cytotoxic logo. We can also provide the accompanying purple laundry bag again printed with the cytotoxic logo to comply Please contact your local Filterfab Rep for more details.
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