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St. Vincent’s Riverside Transitions to Disposable Curtains to Reduce Infections

St. Vincent’s Riverside, a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has transitioned to disposable curtains in patient rooms in an effort to further reduce hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs. St. Vincent’s is the only local health system to use these throughout the entire hospital.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, on any given day, about 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one healthcare-associated infection.

“Hospitals are places where people should be healed, not harmed. Unfortunately, the current reality at all hospitals is that HAIs happen. We are committed to doing everything we can to prevent them—starting with replacing all of our curtains,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth Rothfield.

“The new disposable curtains are another innovation to employ in our continued fight against HAIs,” said Lisa Nelson, Infection Control Manager at St. Vincent’s Riverside. “By attacking this problem from multiple angles, we look forward to declining HAI rates in the future.” 

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