ECCMID19: Could privacy curtains in healthcare facilities be a potential source of drug-resistant bacteria?


Contamination of privacy curtains with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) could be a common issue and a source of transmission to patients, according to research presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID; 13–16 April, Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

Patient privacy curtains are used in most healthcare facilities globally and are subject to frequent contact, however, they are only cleaned infrequently. This study, from a team at the University of Michigan Medical Center (MI, USA), investigated the prevalence of curtain contamination with MDROs in nursing facility rooms, which in the USA care for post-acute care patients and long-term residents.

The team conducted a prospective cohort study across six skilled nursing facilities in Michigan, obtaining samples from high-touch surfaces in the patient’s room, as well as several sites on the patient’s body on the day of admission, after 14 days, 30 days and in some cases 6 months.

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