Privacy curtain options to reduce laundering costs and speed room turnarounds
Here's a quick round-up of options for privacy/cubicle curtains that can reduce the amount of time it takes to turnaround a patient room, and reduce laundering:
Shield by Panaz® Curtains
Utilizing silane-based technology, Shield fabrics have been tested and proven to be permanently antimicrobial* to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. They also repel liquids and are highly resistant to most stains, which makes them ideal for cubicle curtains, shower curtains and window treatments.
One hospital in New York did a room turnaround analysis and determined that by using Shield curtains, they could speed the changeover and save the hospital $50,000 in Year 1, and $140,000 in each subsequent year. The savings would come in the form of lower laundering costs, change-out time and reduced loss in revenue due to room closures.
EZE-Swap® Snap Panel Curtains
Another option is snap-panel curtains, which allow easy change-out of only the soiled panels. Standard panel sizes are 66" wide by 66" high; custom sizes are available.
As shown, the panels easily snap into place and can be configured to any length. Another safety feature is the fact that no ladder is needed, which reduces stretch and strain risks.
EZE-Swap Curtains are available in virtually any fabric, including Shield by Panaz® antimicrobial fabrics.
Rounding out the trifecta of options, are straight Disposable Curtains, made of 100% non-woven polypropylene and include a polyester mesh and a Velcro® tie back. Curtains are accordion folded for easy storage and handling.
These curtains passed the NFPA 701 Fire Retardant Test and are sold by the case with 12 curtains in each case. They are individually packaged in plastic sleeves and there is a self-auditing label provided with each curtain to record the date the curtain was installed.
*It is important to launder the curtains per manufacturer's instructions.