SAN FRANCISCO, CA — For one person in 20, spending the night in a hospital will lead to an infection, according to a press release.
Research recently published in the American Journal for Infection Control reveals that 92 percent 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 release stated.
According to the release, this research, conducted at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, advances a growing body of knowledge pointing to contaminated surfaces within the patient environment as a potentially strong contributor to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
Studies show 20 percent to 40 percent of HAIs can be traced to the contamination of healthcare worker''s hands; the immediate action healthcare workers can take today is to wash their hands after touching privacy curtains and before touching the patient, the release noted.
In addition, a developing market for antimicrobial products, for both soft and hard surfaces, holds the potential to help hospitals continuously reduce the bioburden on frequently touched surfaces, the release added.
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