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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 391. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice

12VAC5-391-490. Laundry services.

A. A quantity of linens shall be available at all times to provide for proper care and comfort of residents.

B. Linens and other laundry must be handled, stored and processed to control the spread of infection.

C. Clean linen shall be stored in a clean and dry area accessible to patient rooms.

D. Soiled linen shall be stored in covered containers in separate, well-ventilated areas and shall not accumulate in the facility.

E. Soiled linen shall not be sorted, laundered, rinsed or stored in bathrooms, patient rooms, kitchens or food storage areas.

F. Soiled linen shall not be placed on the floor.

G. Arrangement for laundering patient's personal clothing shall be provided. If laundry facilities are not provided on premises, commercial laundry services shall be utilized.

H. Laundry facilities shall include:

1. A soiled laundry receiving, holding, and sorting room with hand-washing lavatory; and

2. A clean laundry storage, issuing, and holding room or area.

I. On-premise laundry service facilities shall include:

1. A laundry processing room with commercial-type equipment capable of processing seven days needs within a regularly scheduled workweek and a hand-washing lavatory;

2. A storage space for laundry supplies; and

3. A clean laundry inspection and mending room or area.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-162.5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 23, eff. November 1, 2005.

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