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Table 1 Characteristics of rooms hosting patients with Clostridium difficile infections, Jewish General Hospital, Canada, April 2012- March 2013

From: Impact of sink location on hand hygiene compliance after care of patients with Clostridium difficile infection: a cross-sectional study

  On the day of diagnosis 24 h after diagnosis P-value
N = 183 n = 168a
Room type (%)    
 Private 25 (13.7 %) 76 (45.2 %) <0.001
 2-bedded room 114 (62.3 %) 85 (50.6 %) 0.04
 3-4-bedded room 44 (24.0 %) 7 (4.2 %) <0.001
Location of the closest available sink for HCW handwash (%)    
 Nursing station 92 (50.3 %) 79 (47.0 %) 0.61
 Hallway 78 (42.6 %) 83 (49.4 %) 0.24
 Medication room 9 (4.9 %) 4 (2.4 %) 0.26
 Clean utility room 2 (1.1 %) 2 (1.2 %) 1.00
Other 2 (1.1 %) 0 (0 %) 0.49
Median distance between patient room and closest sink (meters) (IQR) 11.6 (6.7–18.9) 12.5 (6.7–23.2) 0.005
 Private room 9.8 (4.0–22) 16.2 (6.4–25.6) 0.21
 2 bedded room 10.5 (6.3–18.9) 10.4 (7.0–20.1) 0.60
 3-4 bedded room 12.8 (8.2–20.7) 18.9 (13.4–23.2) 0.22
Path from room to nearest sink (%)    
 Direct line from patient room 60 (32.8 %) 62 (36.9 %) 0.49
 One 90° turn required to reach sink 30 (16.4 %) 22 (13.1 %) 0.47
 Two or more 90° turns required to reach sink 93 (50.8 %) 84 (50.0 %) 0.96
  1. a24 h after diagnosis, 15 patients were excluded as they had been discharged (n = 13) or transferred to a non-study unit (n = 2)
  2. Abbreviation: IQR interquartile range