ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – The next time you touch the privacy curtain of a patient in a hospital or other health care facility, you will want to wash your hands.
According to a study by the University of Michigan, these curtains being very affected and poorly cleaned surfaces, they can become a fertile ground for potentially multi-resistant life-threatening organisms called "superbugs", including MRSA.
For this study, researchers tested privacy curtains in six specialized nursing homes in southeastern Michigan, where patients stayed for an average of 22 days.
"We collected 1,521 samples from 625 unique patients, and in 18 to 28 percent of cases, these curtains were contaminated with a drug-resistant organism," said researcher Lona Mody.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, nearly 20,000 MRSA-related deaths occurred in the United States in 2017, most of them due to nosocomial infections.
Mody told Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ that she hoped this study would lead to new privacy concepts and would also encourage health care professionals, patients and visitors to take precautions. and to wash your hands often.