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Increased time spent on terminal cleaning of patient rooms may not improve disinfection of high-touch surfaces

  • John D. Coppin (a1), Frank C. Villamaria (a1), Marjory D. Williams (a1) (a2), Laurel A. Copeland (a3), John E. Zeber (a1) (a4) and Chetan Jinadatha (a5) (a6)...


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Author for correspondence: Chetan Jinadatha, Email:


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Previous Presentation: Part of this manuscript was presented as a poster at IDWeek on October 5, 2017, in San Diego, California.



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