DHP technology significantly reduces microbial contamination on hospital privacy curtains

June 17, 2021

Synexis LLC announced a new study publication evaluating the use of DHP technology in a tertiary care hospital setting, with results that showed significant reductions in microbial contaminants after the first day with reductions persisting for 28 days.

The study, published online in the American Journal of Infection Control, assessed the efficacy of continuously operating DHPTM technology for reducing microbial contamination on privacy curtains while in use and between changings in five different units within the hospital. 

“Privacy curtains, which often are not changed after each patient discharge, can become contaminated and harbor pathogens that include multidrug-resistant bacteria,” said Jennifer Sanguinet, DrPh, FAPIC, CIC, MBA-HCM, BSIS, principal study investigator. “These results show that continuous use of DHPTM technology can provide an effective and automated approach for reducing potential infection risk from contamination between curtain changes.”

In this study, baseline surface microbial levels were sampled from 45 privacy curtains for three consecutive days prior to installation of Synexis DHPTM units. The microbial counts from the 45 curtain samples were averaged and represented baseline counts against which the post-DHPTM implementation sampling results were compared. Results demonstrated rapid and sustained reductions in microbial counts of 99.47%, 98.55%, and 96.59% at study days one, seven and 28, respectively.

Study is at: https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(21)00402-8/fulltext.

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