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Table 1 Hospital characteristics

From: Infection prevention practices in the Netherlands: results from a National Survey

Characteristic n (%)/mean ± sd
Total number of acute care hospital beds (including ICU beds) 514.1 ± 260.1
 Range 140–1100
Total number of adult ICU beds 21.0 ± 18.7
 Range 5–81
Percentage of multiple bed rooms 66.4 ± 22.1
Number of infection prevention experts 4.8 ± 1.9
Number of FTE for the infection prevention experts 3.9 ± 1.8
Number of beds per FTE of infection prevention experts 131.2 ± 48.6
 Range 48.5–291.2
Number of medical microbiologists 2.9 ± 1.9
Number of FTE for the medical microbiologists 2.0 ± 1.9
Hospital cooperates with other hospitals or agencies with regard to stimulating infection prevention 30/46 (65.2%)
Clear infection-prevention guidelines present that support caregivers 47/47 (100%)
Resources and materials available for proper observance of the infection-prevention guidelines 43/47 (91.5%)
Good to very good support of the hospital management infection-prevention policy 41/47 (87.2%)
System for monitoring the number of patients who have urinary catheters placed 9/45 (20.0%)
System to monitor how long the patient has a urinary catheter 9/45 (20.0%)
Established* surveillance system for monitoring CAUTI rates 8/45 (17.8%)
Daily check whether the presence of a central venous catheter is still indicated 39/43 (90.7%)
Established* surveillance system for monitoring CLABSI rates 41/43 (95.4%)
Established* surveillance system for monitoring VAP rates 11/42 (26.2%)
Protocol for routinely testing for CDI as soon as patients develop diarrhea 23/44 (52.3%)
Surveillance system for monitoring the number of patients with CDI 34/44 (77.3%)
Presence of an antimicrobial stewardship program 43/47 (91.5%)
  1. * Case definitions and surveillance methods used are embedded within the Dutch PREZIES network for the surveillance of hospital acquired infections and based on the surveillance protocols of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Abbreviations: ICU Intensive care unit, FTE Full time equivalent, CAUTI Catheter-associated urinary tract infection, CLABSI Central line-associated bloodstream infection, VAP Ventilator-associated pneumonia, CDI Clostridoides difficile infection