Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs): Cubicle Curtain Facts

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HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS

4.9 Million

infections resulting in over 480,000 deaths each year according to the CDC

CUBICLE CURTAINS

#6 High Risk Touchpoint

Touched by everyone, yet exchanged only once per year

SERIOUS INFECTIONS

VRE, CDIFF and MRSA

Curtains are infected after two weeks: Laundering does not guarantee all bacteria and viruses are eliminated

Why Hospitals Struggle

Time Constraints

Curtains are extremelytime consuming to exchangeas their removal requires tall ladders 

High Curtain Costs

Laundering and replacementof lost and damaged curtains in thelaundering process

Manual Tracking

Manual documentation offers no analysisis prone to errors. Facilities do not know when the last curtain exchange occurred

Curtains are the #6 High-Risk Touchpoint in a patient room yet the ONLY item not disinfected on a daily basis. Currently in the US curtains remain hanging for up to 1 year without getting cleaned or exchanged.

Curtains are frequently infected with MRSA, C.Diff, VRE and other deadly bacteria / viruses​ after just 2 weeks back from laundering. Current laundering methods do not guarantee that curtains are in fact bacteria and virus free.

Patients and staff deserve a higher standard of care than the current US standard which states that​ curtains should only be cleaned when “visibly soiled or stained.”