I am currently investigating a disposable curtain that does not require a ladder to change. We need a easy way to change curtains much more often then when they look soiled, or every six months. Studies have shown that bacteria can live without the source of a host for months at a time, depending on the bacteria.
What good is it to terminally clean a room including wiping down all of the People Contact Points/Touch Points to rid them of potential microbes that cause HAIs and yet leave curtains that have been touched countless times by contaminated hands?
Curtains should be changed at each and every terminal cleaning – period. Is it done? No. Is there documentation that curtains act as vectors for microbes? Yes. You can download the report below.
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology November 2008, Vol. 29, No 11; 1074-1076