A new study by researchers from the University of Michigan Medical Center has found that contamination of patient privacy curtains by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) is common, and that the high-touch surfaces could be a source of MDRO transmission to patients.

The study will be presented at the upcoming meeting of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam.

The study’s lead author said the findings, which revealed that more than one in five cultures taken from patient privacy curtains at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) was contaminated with MDROs, are a concern because of how often these surfaces are touched by patients and healthcare workers, how ubiquitous they are in healthcare facilities, and how infrequently they are cleaned.

“Healthcare textiles and soft surfaces often fly under the radar,” Lona Mody, MD, MSc, a geriatrician at the University of Michigan Medical Center, told CIDRAP News. “Curtains are an issue because it is really required to touch them in order to move them…and healthcare workers are likely to touch the curtains after they do hand hygiene and before they see the patient.”

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