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Table 1 Summary of the planned steps for microbial sampling

From: The impact of a ‘milking the COW’ campaign in a regional hospital in Singapore

Week 2 (intervention) wards 2 (control) wards Total samples
Day D-1
10 am–1 pm
Swab all COWs keyboards (baseline) Swab all COWs keyboards (baseline) 39 swabs
Day 0
12 pm–4 pm
Attach Hand hygiene dispenser on all COWs No Hand hygiene dispenser attached  
Day 7
10 am–1 pm
Swab all COWs Keyboards Swab all COWs Keyboards 39 swabs
Day 14
10 am–1 pm
Swab all COWs keyboards Swab all COWs keyboards 39 swabs
Wash out period for a week
Day 0
10 am–1 pm
Repeat swabs for all COWs keyboards Repeat swabs for all COWs keyboards 39 swabs
Day 0
12 pm–4 pm
Attach Hand hygiene dispenser on all COWs No Hand hygiene dispenser attachment  
Day 7
10 am–12 pm
Swab all COWs Keyboards Swab all COWs Keyboards 39 swabs
Day 14
10 am–12 pm
Swab all COWs keyboards Swab all COWs keyboards 39 swabs