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Smallpox - Linen Precautions For Hospital Workers and Institutional Settings After Smallpox Vaccination
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Precautions for Your Uniform While at Work - Laundry

  1. I wear scrubs. What do I do about my laundry at work?

    Wear a warm-up jacket over your short-sleeve scrubs. Have your dressing evaluated every day and changed if exudates appear.

    If applicable: When you go to the scrub-replacement machine with dirty scrubs, please have your scrubs rolled or folded so that the arm area is on the inside. Wash your hands and wear clean gloves to feed the scrub machine. Wash your hands after putting the dirty scrubs into the machine. Carry Cal-Stat or other alcohol-based rinse with you.



  2. I wear a long-sleeved shirt/blouse for work. How do I care for this?
    The long sleeves help remind you not to scratch your vaccination site. Make it a point to wear a shirt/blouse or some type of apparel that can be washed in hot water.

  3. I bought my own scrubs. What do I do with my own laundry?
    Launder them in hot water (160o F), with soap. Use bleach, if desired.

  4. I wear a lab coat that the hospital provided. What do I do when I need to get a fresh lab coat?
    Please place your used lab coat into a plastic bag and take it down to linen turn in. You will be issued a new lab coat when you turn in your dirty-bagged lab coat. Use a standard plastic bag (not a red bag).

Working Out at the Gym (Towels) - Laundry

  1. I work out in the gym several days a week. What do I do with my dirty towel?
    If this is a hospital towel, you should deposit it into a hospital laundry bag. If it's an institutional towel and the laundry workers know that some of the towels come from recently vaccinated people, you may deposit it in the institutional laundry bag. If this is your personal towel from home, place this towel into a plastic bag and bring it home for routine laundering (separate from other family members clothing and linens) in hot soapy water.

How to Care For Your Uniform at Home - Laundry

  1. I am on call for the next several nights. I sleep in one of the sleep rooms and then I shower in the morning. What do I do with my laundry?
    Pick up all of your personal laundry and place it into a plastic bag to take home for laundering in hot soapy water. Hospital-issued linens and towels should be placed into a hospital laundry hamper. If it's an institutional towel and the laundry workers know that some of the towels come from recently vaccinated people, you may deposit it in the institutional laundry bag.

  2. I go home every night to my family. What do I need to do with my personal laundry?
    If possible, wear clothing that is washable with hot water. You may segregate your personal shirts, linens, and towels from the rest of your family.

Personal Protective Equipment for Laundry Workers

  1. How much personal protective equipment do laundry workers need?

    If laundry workers wear gloves, this is sufficient protection.

    Remember: Hand washing, Hand washing, Hand washing.