Hospital curtains can cause higher cross-contamination risk, as a recent study suggests that the privacy curtains with resistant bacteria pose a threat to patient safety. The study followed the contamination rate of ten freshly washed private curtains in the Regional Burns/Plastics Unit of the Health Services Center in Winnipeg, Canada.
While the curtains had insignificant contamination when they were first hung, the curtains that were hung in patient rooms turned out to be progressively defiled after some time. Moreover, by day 14, 87.5 per cent of the curtains tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a pathogen related with huge morbidity and mortality.
The findings of the studies were disclosed in the American Journal of Infection Control.Conversely, control curtains that were not put in patient rooms remained clean the whole 21 days.
None of the rooms where the curtains were put was occupied by patients with MRSA. Four curtains were set in a four-bedroom; four were put in two double rooms, and two controls were put in areas without direct patient or caregiver contact. Researchers took samples from areas where individuals hold curtains, proposing that the expanding contamination came about because of direct contact.
“We know that privacy curtains pose a high risk for cross-contamination because they are frequently touched but infrequently changed,” a lead author of the study, Kevin Shek said in a statement that. “The high rate of contamination that we saw by the fourteenth day may represent an opportune time to intervene, either by cleaning or replacing the curtains.”