CONTAMINATED HEALTHCARE LINEN IS NOT RED BAG WASTE!

The Problem with Red Bags

Hospital’s err on the side of caution and train staff to dispose of contaminated linen as Red Bag waste.

  • Assuming the linen cannot be cleaned, staff dispose of it as Red Bag waste
  • Attempting to “alert” the laundry that the linen is heavily contaminated hospital personnel place linen in Red Bags
  • Lack of understanding regarding the process utilized by professional laundry operators
  • Pounds of linen are¬†unnecessarily discarded as waste in over 5,724 US hospitals daily
  • Hospitals pay between 18 – 33 cents per pound to dispose of Red Bag waste…unnecessarily!
  • The problem is compounded by the cost of replacing the discarded linen

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