Study says privacy curtains often contaminated with superbugs

April 23, 2019

A study has found that contamination of patient privacy curtains with multidrug-resistant organisms is common, according to an article on the Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control website.

Researchers from Michigan Medicine's University Hospital in Ann Arbor conducted the study at six skilled nursing facilities in southeast Michigan. 

The study found that 22 percent, of the cultures obtained from privacy curtains were positive for multidrug-resistant organisms.

Researchers also found bedside curtain contamination was linked to patients becoming colonized with MRSA and VRE.

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