We are taking another look at our cleaning process for patient room cubicle curtains and I have the following questions? 1. How often are you changing curtains, other than for Isolation rooms? 2. Are you using disposable curtains? 3. Do you spray your curtains with a disinfectant? 4. Have you done a Risk Assessment on the curtains?
I appreciate any input. Bob
I found it interesting reading everyone's comments. We are a CAH hospital and I change out our ER, and Lab monthly. Isolation patient rooms are done after each patient is dismissed. When I started managing EVS there was no set time and honestly the curtains were outdated and old. I have budgeted for a second set of fabric curtains and i'm presently using disposables until July when I can order new to change out as needed.I change out our shower curtain after every patient uses it with disposables. Medline is very reasonable and its very economical. I use Cube Care for our disposable curtains in rooms and departments.
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I manage a SSM Health hospital in MO with most of our rooms are private we use disposable curtains in our ED and clinics, with the exception of isolations or stains they are changed every three months. We found the process much easier to manage, ICP medical provides the curtains for our hospital system with our logo. Hope this helps.
We change our curtains every six months or when someone moves out of a room or if it is visibly soiled. We use private rooms for isolation so there are no curtains. We do not spray them but instead wash them since they are fabric. We do spray our shower curtains daily but they are only used for privacy, not dividers. We also launder them as needed.
We have a policy to change the curtains when they are visibly soiled. Other than that they are not on a rotation, however, in the event of an isolation room the curtain is removed and laundered. We use fabric curtains and not disposable. Every time a room is cleaned the curtain is sprayed with a disinfectant and our lab runs cultures on them to ensure that nothing is growing. It has come up often about the curtains and the potential for transmission, however we don't have an issue and try and stay on top of checking for potential issues
Good Morning, Our schedule is different depending on the area. Some areas are monthly, some are every 4 months. We also change for contact isolation and when visibly soiled. Our curtains are fabric, so we do not spray them.
our policy at the Phoenix VA, we change out our curtains every six months or if they are visibly soiled or damaged.We use disposable curtains. When we install a new curtain, we date it and press the six month time strip indicator to monitor the regular change out cycle. Every time a room is cleaned we wipe down our curtains.as far as testing the curtains, we do random checks with ATP swabs from infection prevention. so far, we have not had any issues.
Our standards and policy are similar to Ronald. At our facility they we launder every curtain that is in our OR Pre Op/Post Op area, ASD (Ambulatory Surgical Dept.), OIU (Outpatient Intervention Unit), SSOU (Short Stay Outpatient Unit) and other rooms that have curtains yearly unless visibly soiled. Our critical care unit we launder curtains after every isolation and visibly soiled. The critical care unit curtains are laundered numerous times a year. At other times during a routine discharge clean, we disinfect the curtains.