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Table 1 Touch counts for each of 10 surfaces, per encounter

From: Interaction of healthcare worker hands and portable medical equipment: a sequence analysis to show potential transmission opportunities

  # encouters (N) Patient (%) Bed-surface (%) Bedrail (%) Wall shelf (%) Tray table (%) Door (%) In-room Computer (%) Vitals Machine (%) Computer On Wheels (%) Intravenous Pump (%)
Medical oncology 49 149 (21.0) 38 (5.4) 50 (7.0) 23 (3.2) 50 (7.0) 13 (1.8) 0 (0.0) 61 (8.6) 205 (28.9) 106 (14.9)
Mixed medical 35 168 (28.1) 36 (6.0) 49 (8.2) 11 (1.8) 22 (3.7) 13 (2.2) 0 (0.0) 60 (10.0) 184 (30.8) 47 (7.9)
Mixed medical-surgical 52 157 (30.3) 30 (5.8) 58 (11.2) 16 (3.1) 29 (5.6) 25 (4.8) 0 (0.0) 34 (6.6) 113 (21.8) 37 (7.1)
SICU 34 123 (31.6) 38 (9.8) 60 (15.4) 4 (1.0) 52 (13.4) 0 (0.0) 41 (10.5) 3 (0.8) 10 (2.6) 37 (9.5)
MICU 74 194 (25.1) 140 (18.1) 133 (17.2) 42 (5.4) 42 (5.4) 0 (0.0) 37 (4.8) 14 (1.8) 45 (5.8) 82 (10.6)
Medical telemetry 30 59 (18.4) 20 (6.3) 25 (7.8) 14 (4.4) 28 (8.8) 39 (12.2) 0 (0.0) 41 (12.8) 77 (24.1) 17 (5.3)
Sum Totals 274 850 (25.7) 302 (9.1) 375 (11.3) 110 (3.3) 223 (6.7) 90 (2.7) 78 (2.4) 213 (6.4) 634 (19.2) 326 (9.9)
Average Touches per Encounter   3.1 1.1 1.4 0.4 0.8 0.3 0.7a 0.8 2.3 1.2
  1. aThe In-room Computer was only in the ICU, so the average number of touches per encounter was calculated using the total number of encounters from the ICU only
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