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OR Sustainability Expert


Disposable curtains, made of the same poly material such as medical gowns, face masks, and CSR wraps can be disposed of in a responsible way."

- Karen Goelst

Straight from the OR Sustainability expert

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"The fact that the number of curtains found to have MRSA increased over time underscores the need..."

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"To provide a safe environment for surgical patients that are at an increased risk of infection..."

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"Soft surfaces are often more difficult to clean than hard surfaces and have been shown to be involved in..."

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"During this period of unprecedented curtain exchanges, many hospitals realized that launderable curtains were a BIG problem for the Environmental Services department..."

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"Sinks, computer keyboards, restroom fixtures--all provide happy hunting and breeding grounds for microbes, but so do privacy curtains in the Pre-Op and Post-Op areas..."

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"The tide is turning toward disposable curtains that are made with recyclable polypropylene (poly)..."

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Myth: Privacy curtains can be cleaned with UV-C.


Fact: UV-C light stations can only decontaminate curtains when...

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Have you ever wondered what happens to items like used facemasks, gowns, or even those “recyclable” privacy curtains?

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Every patient deserves and expects a safe, clean, and disinfected room in which to recover. The use of antimicrobial curtains provided a false sense of security for the EVS leaders ...

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"Surprisingly, unlike other countries in the world, US healthcare architects and designers continue to design patient rooms at our medical facilities..."

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"Many switched to cost-saving disposable solutions only to later realize that the “perceived” inexpensive curtain they signed up for in fact was quite costly...

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"Following the Covid-19 pandemic, patients and their families have become critically aware of the importance of disinfection ...

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