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WFHSS Questions and Answers - Question Q01319 - English Version


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From: (Singapore)   Date: 15 October 2006, 12:17 [GMT]
Subject: Linen packaging

I was told that LINEN is no longer used as a packaging material in most European hospitals. Can anyone explain to me what is the rational by not using linen for packing.

From: (United States)   Date: 16 October 2006, 23:17 [GMT]
Subject: Re: Linen packaging

Good day Moh'd,
Linen is made up of woven threads that have enough space between the threads to allow microbes to pass right through the linen wrapper. Linen wrappers are typically made of two layers each, and two of these double layer sheets are used to wrap trays. The idea is to have the holes of these 4 layers NOT line up, to create a torturous path for the microbes to travel. However, every time the linen wrapped set is handled, air is forced in and out of the packaging, carrying microbes right through the wrapper.
Some manufacturers of woven wrappers treat the cloth with chemicals to decrease the water absorption of the cloth. This chemical may wash out after repeated laundering, changing the dry time requirements of the sterilized items because the characteristics of the wrapper changes throughout its life.
Linen wrappers suffer from wear; they must be inspected before every use to verify they do not have new holes. This increases the work time needed to wrap each tray.
Single use non-woven wrappers do not suffer from the holes between threads, so they provide greater sterility assurance than the old style woven wrappers.
Warm regards,
Pete Bobb

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