Table 5

Descriptive statistics of variables for MRSA and C. difficile contamination in the ward environment
Variablesa MRSA C. difficile
Ward:
 Medicine A (n = 72) 5.6% (4) 8.3% (6)
 Medicine B (n = 67) 1.5% (1) 4.5% (3)
 Surgery (n = 97) 1.0% (1) 5.2% (5)
Surface location:
 Nurses’ and physician work areas (n = 99) 1.0% (1) 6.1% (6)
 Hallway (n = 109) 3.7% (4) 5.5% (6)
 Visiting room (n = 28) 3.6% (1) 7.1% (2)
Surface material:
 Fabric (n = 78) 2.6% (2) 6.4% (5)
 Laminate (n = 15) 13.3% (2) 0% (0)
 Plastic (n = 103) 1.9% (2) 6.8% (7)
 Rubber (n = 17) 0% (0) 5.9% (1)
 Wood (n = 23) 0% (0) 4.3% (1)
Surface sampled:
 Chair (n = 55) 3.6% (2) 7.3% (4)
 Clean linen (n = 15) 0% (0) 6.7% (1)
 Clean towels (n = 16) 0% (0) 0% (0)
 Computer keyboard (n = 55) 1.8% (1) 5.5% (3)
 Counter top (n = 15) 13.3% (2) 0% (0)
 Drug cart (n = 17) 0% (0) 5.9% (1)
 Glove box holder (n = 13) 7.7% (1) 7.7% (1)
 Hand rail (n = 17) 0% (0) 5.9% (1)
 Heating oven handle (n = 17) 0% (0) 17.6% (3)
 Patient chart (n = 16) 0% (0) 0% (0)

n = number of samples.

a Denominator is based on the number of surfaces in the general ward environment that were tested.

Faires et al.

Faires et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:342   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-342

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