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Table 2 Launderable cover protects the bed deck from bacterial contamination during patient use

From: A randomized trial to evaluate a launderable bed protection system for hospital beds

  Before Patient Use1(CFU/30 cm2) After Discharge2(CFU/30 cm2) After terminal cleaning (CFU/30 cm2)
Bed Deck when NO cover utilized (n = 38) 33.0 ± 100.8 median = 4 10.3 ± 25.9 median = 1.5 43.5 ± 101.6 median = 2
Bed Deck when Launderable Mattress Cover utilized (n = 28) 28.2 ± 78.2 median = 2 1.9 ± 3.6 median = 1 13.75 ± 56.4 median = 1
All Bed Decks (n = 66) 31.2 ± 91.2 median = 3 6.7 ± 20.2 median = 1 30.9 ± 86.1 median = 2
  1. 1. Before patient use all beds were terminally cleaned using quaternary ammonia compound.
  2. 2. After discharge, but prior to terminal cleaning.