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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Aug;31(8):850-3. doi: 10.1086/655016.

A quantitative approach to defining "high-touch" surfaces in hospitals.

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Department of Hospital Epidemiology, UNC Health Care, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514, USA. dhuslage@unch.unc.edu

Abstract

Fifty interactions between healthcare workers and patients were observed to obtain a quantifiable definition of "high-touch" (ie, frequently touched) surfaces based on frequency of contact. Five surfaces were defined as high-touch surfaces: the bed rails, the bed surface, the supply cart, the over-bed table, and the intravenous pump.

PMID:
20569115
DOI:
10.1086/655016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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