- •Health care workers' hands were imprinted before and after touching privacy curtains.
- •Half of all participants grew bacteria on their hands after touching curtains.
- •All curtain-acquired organisms were skin or oral commensal flora.
- •Hand hygiene after touching curtains is important in preventing nosocomial infection.
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