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Table 1 Location and number of dispensers depending on hospital size

From: Handrub dispensers per acute care hospital bed: a study to develop a new minimum standard

  All hospitals (n = 110) Hospitals with < 200 beds (n = 70) Hospitals with 200–500 beds (n = 30) Hospitals with > 500 beds (n = 10)
Location of ABHR* dispensers
 Entrance (%) 92 (84) 58 (83) 26 (87) 7 (70)
 Near the sink (%) 81 (74) 47 (67) 25 (83) 9 (90)
 Within 1 m-radius from the bed (%) 31 (28) 19 (27) 5 (17) 7 (70)
 At bedside (%) 26 (24) 19 (27) 5 (17) 2 (20)
 Elsewhere (for example trolleys) (%) 14 (13) 10 (14) 2 (7) 2 (20)
Number of mounted dispensers
 Per room, mean (SD, range) 1.8 (0.8; 1–4) 2 (0.8; 1–4) 1 (0.8; 1–4) 2 (1; 1–3)
 Per bed, mean (SD, range) 2.4 (3; 0.4–22.2) 2.5 (3.6; 0.8–22.2) 2.1 (1; 0.7–5.3) 2.1 (1.5; 0.4–4.9)
 Pocket dispenser use > 60% 28 (26) 14 (20) 10 (33) 4 (40)
 HH* compliance monitoring 68 (62) 37 (53) 25 (83) 5 (50)
  1. *ABHR Alcohol-based handrub, HH hand hygiene
  2. Wall-mounted dispensers are the dominant type of ABHR dispensers in 75% (n = 82) of hospitals compared to 25% where pocket-sized dispensers are mainly offered. However, 97% (n = 107) hospitals provide pocket-sized dispensers as an additional tool to wall-mounted dispensers to facilitate access to handrub. Overall, the reported mean number was two ABHR-Ds per patient room (mean: 1.83, range 1–4). Out of 110 hospitals, 91 (83%) provided detailed data on the total number of beds and dispensers within the building, not only in patient rooms, resulting in a higher mean of 2.4 (range 0.4–22.1) ABHR-Ds per hospital bed. Therefore, the number of ABHR-Ds per bed is higher than the number of ABHR-Ds per room