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Table 3 aMicrobiological profile of 213 mobile phones that belong to 198 clinicians in ICUs, PICUs, and NCUs in public secondary care hospitals in Kuwait, 2013

From: Microbiological contamination of mobile phones of clinicians in intensive care units and neonatal care units in public hospitals in Kuwait

  Positive No. of colonies
  n (%) Median (IQR)
Overall 157 (73.7)  
CoNSb 134 (62.9) 4 (2–10)
Streptococcus viridans 15 (7.0) 2 (1–6)
Staphylococcus aureus MSSAc 1 (0.5) -
MRSAd 3 (1.4) 3 (−)
Micrococcus 61 (28.6) 3 (2–12)
Diphtheroids 6 (2.8) 60.5 (11–116)
Bacillus species 3 (1.4) -
Other Gram-positive bacillie 15 (7.0) 2 (1–3)
Escherichia coli 1 (0.5) -
Pantoea species 2 (0.9) 3.5 (−)
Acinetobacter speciesf 6 (2.8) 2 (1–22)
Moraxella osloensis 2 (0.9) 2.5 (−)
Pseudomonas stutzeri 2 (0.9) 4.5 (−)
Sphingomonas paucimobilis 2 (0.9) -
Fungus 2 (0.9) -
  1. aICUs: intensive care units; PICUs: pediatric intensive care units; NCUs: neonatal care units; IQR: interquartile range
  2. bCoNS: coagulase-negative staphylococci
  3. cMSSA: methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus
  4. dMRSA: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  5. eOther than diphtheroids and Bacillus species
  6. fAcinetobacter lwoffii (2 mobile phones), Acinetobacter baumannii (3 mobile phones), both (1 mobile phone)