InPro Says Antimicrobial Curtains the Answer to Contamination Study

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Recently released Iowa University research showed hospital curtains get contaminated shortly after washing.


Antimicrobial fabrics may limit contamination of hospital privacy curtains

The Iowa research confirms the earlier research by Dr. Curtis Donskey and his colleagues – cubicle curtains can be vectors for pathogens.

A newly released study by University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine found that 92 percent of hospital privacy curtains are contaminated with potentially harmful microbes within a week of being laundered. Senior executives at InPro Corporation applaud the study, which affirms other research on hospital fabrics.

“For several years now, we’ve been trying to get the message about dirty hospital curtains in front of healthcare professionals,” said Mark Alan, senior vice president of product development and management for InPro. “The Iowa research confirms the earlier research by Dr. Curtis Donskey and his colleagues – cubicle curtains can be vectors for pathogens.”

“We hope the new Iowa study will now alert hospital staff to the serious problems they face with traditional cubicle curtain fabrics,” Alan, said, adding that for the past five years, InPro has been taking the “dirty curtains” message to hospitals around the country, and touting an alternative: its Shield by Panaz™ cubicle curtain fabrics.

Originally developed by Panaz Textiles in the UK, Shield technology uses positively charged silane-based molecules that modify the fabric it protects. Instead of leeching into the surrounding fabric, the Shield technology remains permanently fixed to the fabric. When the microbe comes into contact with the fabric, the Shield technology destroys the cell.

A test of Shield by Panaz fabrics showed that the material eliminated an extremely high percentage of the most-common microbes found in healthcare facilities. Detailed test results are available by contacting InPro Corporation.

In addition to its antimicrobial properties, Shield fabrics also offer excellent stain resistance, and allow for simple clean-up using a damp cloth with mild detergent. All fabrics retain their antimicrobial properties through repeated thermal washings when laundered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The fabrics conform to the NFPA701 flame-retardant standard and come in a variety of patterns and colors which can be used for shower curtains, window treatments and bed coverings.

For more information, call 800.222.5556 or visit and search “shield.”

Research cited:

Hospital Privacy Curtains are Frequently and Rapidly Contaminated with Potentially Pathogenic Bacteria.
Presented at: 2011 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Sept. 17-20, 2011. Chicago.
Abstract link:{0C918954-D607-46A7-8073-44F4B537A439}

Contamination of Hospital Curtains With Healthcare‐Associated Pathogens
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 29, No. 11, November 2008
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