A study has found that antimicrobial hospital curtains may be more effective at reducing bacterial contamination than standard curtains, according to an article on the Becker's Clinical Leadership and Infection Control website.
A study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology looked at 12 rooms of patients with multidrug-resistant organisms and 10 cubicles in the medical, surgical, neurosurgical, orthopedics and rehabilitation units of 10 hospitals.
One type of antimicrobial curtain was highly effective at reducing the number of bacteria living on the surface compared to the standard curtain.
Another antimicrobial curtain, with built-in silver, was not effective at reducing the microbial burden, the researchers found.
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