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Table 2 Overview of all tested surfaces and objects for environmental contamination on the patient wards

From: Implementation of the Infection Risk Scan (IRIS) in nine hospitals in the Belgian-Dutch border region (i-4-1-Health project)

Category Obligatory/optional Method 1 or 2*
Medical devices
Blood pressure monitor-control panel Obligatory Method 1
Blood pressure monitor-cuff Optional Method 1
Thermometer-handle Optional Method 2
Glucose meter-control panel Obligatory Method 1
Glucose meter-insertion opening Optional Method 2
Oxygen saturation meter-measuring probe Optional Method 2
Oxygen saturation meter-control panel Optional Method 1
Infusion stand Optional Method 2
Stethoscope-membrane Optional Method 2
Bladder scan-echo head Optional Method 2
Bladder scan-control panel Optional Method 1
IV pole-control panel Optional Method 1
Patient bound materials
Bedrails Optional Method 2
Pull-up bracket Obligatory Method 2
Patient alarm bell Optional Method 2
Overbed table-fixed worktop Optional Method 1
Overbed table-extendable worktop Obligatory Method 1
Closet-next to handle Optional Method 2
Sanitary items
Toilet-seat Obligatory Method 1
Toilet-bowl Obligatory Method 2
Toilet-support/bracket Optional Method 2
Toilet-flush button Optional Method 2
Washstand-tap control Optional Method 2
Shower-support bracket Optional Method 2
Shower-tap control Optional Method 2
Shower-showerhead Optional Method 2
Toilet seat-sitting area Obligatory Method 2
Bedpan cleaner-control panel Obligatory Method 1
Washstand-surface around faucet Optional Method 2
Ward bound materials
Keyboard-computer on wheels (COW) Obligatory Method 1
Keyboard computer-team post Optional Method 1
Telephone-handle Optional Method 2
Telephone-keyboard Optional Method 2
Stool Optional Method 1
Work surface cart Optional Method 1
Tabletop medication preparation Obligatory Method 1
Work surface team post Optional Method 1
Chair-seat area Optional Method 2
Chair-elbow rest Optional Method 2
Railing hallway Optional Method 2
  1. *Method 1: surfaces of approximately 100 cm2, swabbed in two directions
  2. Method 2: objects without a flat surface or smaller than 100 cm2