NoJerm Privacy Screens are designed to help prevent hospital acquired infections by creating a barrier between an infected patient and other patients. These hospital privacy screens are equipped with materials that resist common microbes, which helps prevent cross-contamination between patients. Unlike fabric hospital curtains, there is no need to remove NoJerm Privacy Screens for laundering since there are no seams, textured surfaces or curtain tracks where bacteria can hide.
What Are Hospital Acquired Infections?
Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) are infections contracted by a patient while receiving care at a healthcare facility. HAIs could be caused by using medical equipment, being placed in close quarters with other people, or when in direct or indirect contact with contaminated surfaces, such as privacy curtains.
One of the most common places where HAIs occur is the intensive care unit (ICU), where serious diseases are treated. HAIs can include infections such as:
- C. Diff
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Surgical site infections
How Can Normal Hospital Curtains Lead to Hospital Acquired Infections?
Hospital curtains are soft and porous and easily carry pathogens that sick patients carry around. Curtains are not as efficient at transmitting germs as hard surfaces, but they are efficient enough to remain a concern to patient health. If privacy curtains are not properly maintained, they can become the source of infection in hospitals. If they are not tested for microbial resistance or cleaned regularly, they could spread infection among patients. Hospital curtains can be very challenging to properly clean and disinfect, making them a struggle for health care departments.
That’s where NoJerm Privacy Screens from Varidyn can help. NoJerm Privacy Screens are a completely flat, modular privacy curtain that allows for easy disinfection and reduces the risk of HAIs. Their smooth design keeps bacteria from colonizing, unlike fabric curtains that have hidden folds and seams that allow bacteria to multiply. While fabric curtains constantly need to be laundered and maintained to avoid infection, NoJerm Privacy Screens can be cleaned easily using most standard disinfection protocols and can be a simple addition to your cleaning staff’s workflow.
Benefits of Varidyn’s NoJerm Privacy Screens
NoJerm Privacy Screens have a number of benefits for hospitals, including helping to prevent HAIs, providing privacy for patients and their visitors and improving privacy in crowded hospital rooms. Unlike fabric curtains, there is no need to remove them daily, weekly or even monthly for laundering. NoJerm Privacy Screens are made with resistant materials that help protect them from microbial infection as well as protect patients by preventing the spread of microbes. They achieve this by:
- No hidden crevices or seams to provide 100% accessibility for cleaning and disinfection
- Completely flat surfaces that do not allow bacteria to colonize
- Design of panels that reduces noise levels and limits light glare
- Modular panels that provide flexibility of length
- Being waterproof
- High-quality medical grade locking castors for ease of mobility
Studies have shown that using physical barriers play an important role in reducing contaminants in health care settings.
Knowing that your environment is clean, disinfected and free of pathogens that could potentially make you, your patients, or your staff sick can have a great impact on your productivity and help you establish a safe working environment. Contact Varidyn today to schedule a free consultation or to learn more about Varidyn’s disinfection solutions.