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A Quantitative Approach to Defining “High-Touch” Surfaces in Hospitals

  • Kirk Huslage (a1), William A. Rutala (a1) (a2), Emily Sickbert-Bennett (a1) and David J. Weber (a1) (a2)


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.


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Department of Hospital Epidemiology, UNC Health Care, CB 7600, 1001 West Wing NCMH, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (dhuslage@unch.unc .edu)


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