I have recently been assigned the task of trying to determine what to do about our hopper. The facility I currently work at is working on culture change so I guess my first question is whether anyone has found an appropriate substitute for the hoppers. (I am not sure if this is even possible since we DO need a way to clean out soiled linens without violating infection control standards.)
Secondly, has anyone come up with a way to decrease the amount of back splash that tends to come along with using the hoppers? My staff currently uses the appropriate PPE (including gowns) while using the hopper, but I would like to find an alternative if possible. I also wonder if the spray of the water tends to aerosolize the matter in the linens.
I have done some research into the shields available on the market. Does anyone have input on those? Do they work; what are drawbacks; etc. Any and all input will help greatly!!