5.18 Safe management of linen

All linen should be handled routinely as per section 1.7 of SICPs – Safe Management of Linen

Care Home Settings

Care homes should refer to the Care Home IPCM for older people and adult care homes for more general information on safe management of linen in this setting as per SICPs.

Linen used on service users who are on the respiratory pathway should be treated as infectious.

Routinely on the respiratory pathway, provided curtains around examination bays have no visible contamination and are kept tied back when not in use, they may remain in situ situ between patients however regular curtain change regimes should be in place. Curtains should also be cleaned as part of terminal cleaning following discontinuation of TBPs and following discharge of a patient from inpatient settings where transmission based precautions were in place at the time of discharge. When changed, curtains should be treated as infectious linen.


Primary Care and Community Health and Social Care settings 

Safe Management of Laundry

Community Health and Care Settings with their own in-house laundries may also refer to National Guidance for Safe Management of Linen in NHSScotland for more information.

See also staff uniforms.