In a North American exclusive, QSD now carries the world’s first healthcare curtain that actively kills pathogens: the Endurocide® Antimicrobial, Sporicidal & Virucidal Hybrid Hospital Curtain
Are Endurocide® Antimicrobial, Sporicidal & Virucidal Curtains effective against Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is an enveloped virus of the family Coronavidae. Enveloped viruses can be highly infectious but are not particularly difficult to kill and as such are susceptible to a broad range of disinfectants.
Our Antimicrobial, Sporicidal & Virucidal Curtains have not, at time of writing, been tested against Coronavirus. However, the biocide used to treat the curtains has been tested to international standard EN 14476 and proven to be effective against:
- H1N1 Influenza A Virus (Swine Flu): >99.999% kill rate in 5 minutes
- Measles morbillivirus: >99.99% kill rate in 5 minutes
Both H1N1 Swine Flu and Measles are enveloped viruses – like the Coronavirus – and the biocidal action of the curtain treatment liquid damages the virus’s cell by puncturing its envelope, causing it to leak and rendering the virus unable to replicate. Once a virus is unable to replicate, it cannot spread and so is no longer a threat.
It is generally accepted that if a product is proven to be active against one enveloped virus there is a high probability that the product will be able to kill similar viruses. As both H1N1 Swine Flu and Measles are enveloped viruses with a similar biological structure to Coronavirus, the biocidal action of Endurocide® Antimicrobial, Sporicidal & Virucidal Curtains is likely to work in a similar way against Coronavirus and therefore be effective against it. However, at time of writing, we are not able to make any definitive statements as it has not yet been laboratory tested.
Furthermore, Endurocide® Sporicidal Curtain Liquid works by coating the fabric with a biostatic polymer layer, which traps bacteria and viruses on the fabric, both preventing them from multiplying and killing them. Endurocide® Antimicrobial, Sporicidal & Virucidal Curtains have been extensively tested against a wide range of pathogens and shown to be effective for up to 2 years.
For further information on our testing, please contact us.
For further information on the Coronavirus and how we can help, please see our article here.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided above does not constitute a guarantee or warranty that Endurocide® Antimicrobial & Sporicidal Curtains are effective against Coronavirus and is given only as guidance based on existing available information.
*Actual length of curtain use will depend on individual hospital practices and the risk of the curtain being soiled from items such as blood, urine and general spills. Curtains should be replaced when visibly soiled. Timescales are given as guidelines only.
Not all hospital curtains are the same.
Traditional curtains should be changed four times a year, but labour and budgets being what they are, many facilities cannot maintain this schedule, and even if they did 92% of curtains in healthcare settings become contaminated within one week of being re-hung. Long before they appear soiled, they’re potential causes of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in staff, patients and visitors.
Unlike traditional, untreated curtains which can store pathogens, our curtains are treated with a patented formulation that traps and kills bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi and spores on the fabric surface, helping to prevent your curtains from becoming a source of pathogenic transmission for up to two years. Laundering and labour costs disappear with Endurocide® disposable curtains.
Designed for critical hospital and healthcare environments where patient care cannot be compromised. Suitable for use in hospital departments such as:
- Burn units
- Oncology wards
- Operation suites
- General surgery wards
- Cardiology wards
- Renal units
- Isolation wards
- Intensive care units
- Maternity & neonatal
- Infectious disease units
- High-dependency units
Beyond their proven clinical benefit, QSD has multiple colours, patterns and finishes to suit any interior design need. And you don’t need to replace your track installations. Remove your existing curtains, and hang up our Endurocide® disposable curtains.
- Breaks the chain of infection
- Long lasting (up to 24 months)
- Fitted with tiebacks
- Self-auditing & privacy labels
- 100% recyclable
- No track conversion
- No laundry costs
- Fire retardant*
*Meets international standards NFPA 701, AS 2755.2-1985, BS 5867 Part 2 Types B & C 2008 and AS 1530.2-1993 Part 2: Test for Flammability of Materials
Endurocide Curtains are used in the following areas:
- England and Wales NHS Trusts
- Monash Hospital, Australia
Endurocide Curtains are supplied into the following countries:
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
Standard and Longdrop
100% polypropylene, for suspended and ceiling-fixed rails
With NFPA 13-compliant mesh, for ceiling-fixed rails
For suspended ceiling rails
To offer you proof, Endurocide® curtains have been independently tested in the laboratory to international standards. In addition, the curtains have undergone successful peer review trials in the UK, Australia, South Africa, South America and the Middle East.
American Journal of Infection Control – 24-Month Trial
In 2016, a report was published in the American Journal of Infection Control testing the antibacterial efficacy of our curtains 24 months after installation.
News Report: Study Says Hospital Privacy Curtains Contaminated
From 2018, Global News uncovered antibiotic-resistant MRSA in a Winnipeg hospital
European Peer Review Trial
Comparison of bacterial loading of Endurocide® Curtains against traditional cotton curtains used in-situ in a hospital ward. After 10 days swabs were taken from the edge of each curtain.
Endurocide® curtains actively prohibit and kill pathogens transferred to them over their entire lifespan of two years. Traditional curtains don’t, with 92% becoming contaminated less than a week after cleaning and being reinstalled in your healthcare setting.
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