Healthcare acquired infection numbers
1 in 20
Curtains are a major part of the problem
Privacy curtains are one of the most frequently touched surfaces in the near patient environment both immediately before and after care thereby providing a ready vector for transmission.
Hand hygiene is undermined
Attempts at improving hand hygiene are undermined because contaminated curtains are often handled immediately before and after administering care.
Contamination is commonplace
2 days is the average time taken for hospital curtains to be become contaminated.
92% of hospital curtains found to be contaminated within a week.
Changing curtains is generally avoided due to the disruption and downtime involved. This means that they are sometimes changed only when visibly soiled. Many hospitals have no policy on when curtains should be changed. Policies typically range from every 3 months to once a year.