Research has shown 92% of vet professionals consider infection control and hygiene in the laundry process to be “very important”.

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Many vets may be unaware of the most suitable laundry equipment to help them achieve the standards required. Image: by-studio / fotolia.

Conducted by Miele Professional, the research has been conducted to coincide with the London Vet Show and highlights many vets may be unaware of the most suitable laundry equipment to help them achieve the standards required.

Risk of cross infection

Research also showed 93% of vet surgeries have a laundry machine on site, however, almost two thirds of these use a domestic machine rather than a commercial one. A commercial machine is needed to conform to Water Regulations Advisory Scheme category 5 regulations and provide thermal disinfection capabilities to minimise the risk of cross infection.

More than 83% of respondents said they use their laundry machines more than once a day and listed bedding, drapes and gowns as the most common materials cleaned regularly. Staff uniforms tend to be cleaned at home, with 69% taking them home to wash.

In addition, the survey reveals how time-poor vets are, with the majority listing “not enough hours in the day” as their number one professional constraint.

LVS seminar

Les Marshall, sales and marketing director at Miele Professional, said: “Our research shows veterinary staff realise the importance of hygiene when cleaning their laundry.

“When caring for animals who need medical care, reliable and effective equipment that can wash items ranging from bedding to gowns to reusable bandages is essential.”

Miele Professional is exhibiting at the LVS on 17-18 November and will be holding its seminar on “Controlling the risk of infection with a commercial laundry system” in the Business Theatre on 18 November, from midday to 12:50pm.

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