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Table 1 Parameters of the analyzed NEO-KISS departments (N=108)

From: The impact of staffing on central venous catheter-associated bloodstream infections in preterm neonates – results of nation-wide cohort study in Germany

Parameter Category N (%) / †median (IQR)
Departments total   108 (100)
Size of department Beds †20 (16–29)
ICU beds †8 (6–12)
Patients in 2007 Total †384 (298–529)
< 1 500 g birthweight †35 (20–55)
Patients January 2008- June 2009 < 1 500 g birthweight †44 (28–65)
Level Level III* (Neonatal critical care) departments 89 (82)
Level II* (Step down neonatal nursery) departments 14 (13)
Level I* (healthy baby nursery) departments 2 (2)
other Level 3 (3)
Realized staffing percentage Staffing †99.6% (94.0% - 100.0%)
Staffing (min-max) 87.0% - 117.0%
Staffing ≥ 95% 72 (67)
Staffing < 95% 27 (25)
Missing 9 (8)
Daily handover rounds and/or regular infectious diseases rounds No 2 (2)
Yes 106 (98)
Standards for indication of hand hygiene No 2 (2)
Yes 104 (96)
Missing 2 (2)
Daily disinfection of the buttons of the ventilation systems No 6 (6)
Yes 102 (94)
Routine microbiological screening No 26 (24)
Yes 82 (76)
Cleaning inside the incubator No 25 (23)
Yes 83 (77)
Infusion preparation In the pharmacy OR on wards with laminar-flow bench 93 (86)
On wards without laminar-flow bench 15 (14)
  1. *Care level classification is based on the definitions by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
  2. IQR, inter-quartile range. Realized staffing percentage, ratio of realized staffing / planned staffing * 100.