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A threat to patient safety could be lurking right near the bedside, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control, published by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
The study found privacy curtains can be breeding grounds for resistant bacteria such as MRSA, an APIC news release stated. Researchers looked at the contamination rate of 10 freshly laundered privacy curtains in the Regional Burns/Plastics Unit of the Health Services Center in Winnipeg, Canada.
Alarmingly, they discovered the curtains hung in patient rooms increasingly became contaminated over the 21-day period, with 87.5% of the curtains testing positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus by day 14, according to the study. The pathogen is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.