Past research, conducted at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, found that 92% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) within one week of being laundered.
The same research group recently submitted for publication a follow-on randomised, controlled study, examining the effectiveness of PurThread privacy curtains in a clinical setting. The study is currently on press, and publication is expected later in 2012 in the American Journal for Infection Control. Both studies are funded through non-restrictive research grants from PurThread Technologies.
The latest study, titled, “Hospital Privacy Curtains are Frequently and Rapidly Contaminated with Potentially Pathogenic Bacteria,” monitored 43 privacy curtains over a three-week period in a medical ward, surgical intensive care unit (ICU) and a medical ICU.
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