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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008 Nov;29(11):1074-6. doi: 10.1086/591863.

Contamination of hospital curtains with healthcare-associated pathogens.

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Research Service, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA.

Abstract

In a culture survey, we found that 42% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with vancomycin-resistant enterococci, 22% with ethicillin-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.

PMID:
18823274
DOI:
10.1086/591863
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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