Hospital Curtains Can Be a Prime Place for Germs, Including Superbugs

Live Science | 10/2/2018 | Staff
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The next time you're at a hospital, you might want to think twice before touching the privacy curtains that hang around patient beds, a small new study finds.

That's because these curtains can become ridden with bacteria, including the nasty superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in as little as 14 days, the study showed.

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"Maintaining a schedule of regular cleaning offers another potential way to protect patients from harm while they are in our care," Janet Haas, a nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and the president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, who wasn't involved in the study, said in a statement about the study.

Even though health care workers, patients and visitors frequently touch privacy curtains, these materials are rarely cleaned or changed, according to the study. Moreover, people are less likely to wash their hands after touching certain objects, such as hospital curtains, than they are after touching patients, the researchers wrote in the study, published in the September issue of American Journal of Infection Control.

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None of the rooms were occupied by patients with MRSA, the researchers noted. All of the testing happened in the Regional Burns/Plastics Unit at the Health Sciences Center, in Winnipeg, Canada.

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