A hospital curtain is also known as a cubicle curtain and is a method of giving privacy to a patient in a hospital. The curtain is usually made from inherently flame retardant (IFR) fabric, and is normally suspended from a supporting structure or ceiling track and reaches almost all the way to the floor.
Hospital curtains are mass-produced to cater to the need of millions of medical facilities worldwide. They are made from a variety of different materials as health and safety requirements for vary from location to location. For example, in the United States, the top portion of the curtain must be at least 70% mesh. This allows water from a sprinkler to penetrate the curtain in the event of a fire.
Only one or two designs of curtain were available in the 1980s while dozens of options were being offered 20 years later. The varieties of curtains on offer include those that can be quickly replaced with others designed for ultimate privacy. Many companies design specific types of hospital curtain in the hope of making a patient's visit more pleasant. Healthcare facilities may even choose their own designs, and colors may be bright and designed to improve the mood of a patient.
However, one of the chief problems with old hospital curtains was their tendency to spread disease. Disease-causing organisms would cling on to the curtain and be easily spread throughout the hospital. Studies have found methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on cubicle curtains in hospitals, which can cause serious and potentially fatal illness. To combat this problem, a special material is now used to prevent this --- non woven disposable hospitals curtains!
Disposable curtains are made from 100% polypropylene non woven fabric treated with built-in anti-microbial additives which are built into the polymer structure of the non-woven fabric at the point of manufacture. The antibacterial active is evenly distributed throughout the whole curtain. Its effectiveness will last the life of the curtains.
Today, disposable curtains are used in millions of medical facilities worldwide to prevent the spread of HAI’s (Hospital Acquired Infections) including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), to offer a safer and better environment for patients and staff.