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Contamination of Hospital Curtains With Healthcare-Associated Pathogens

  • Floyd Trillis (a1), Elizabeth C. Eckstein (a2), Rachel Budavich (a1), Michael J. Pultz (a1) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

Abstract

In a culture survey, we found that 42% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with vancomycin-resistant enterococci, 22% with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and 4% with Clostridium difficile. Hand imprint cultures demonstrated that these pathogens were easily acquired on hands. Hospital curtains are a potential source for dissemination of healthcare-associated pathogens.

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Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (curtisdl23@yahoo.com)

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Contamination of Hospital Curtains With Healthcare-Associated Pathogens

  • Floyd Trillis (a1), Elizabeth C. Eckstein (a2), Rachel Budavich (a1), Michael J. Pultz (a1) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

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