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Table 1 Launderable Cover provides a cleaner surface and prevents mattress contamination better than terminal cleaning with quaternary ammonia compound

From: A randomized trial to evaluate a launderable bed protection system for hospital beds

  Before Patient Use1(CFU/30 cm2) After Discharge2(CFU/30 cm2) After terminal cleaning (CFU/30 cm2)
Mattress Surface when NO Cover was used (n = 38) 7.7 ± 14.5 median = 3 79.1 ± 113.4 median = 25 12.8 ± 48.2 median = 3
Surface of Launderable Mattress Cover (n = 28) 1.1 ± 1.2 median = 1 108 ± 126 median = 35 1.1 ± 1.2* median = 1
Mattress Surface when a Launderable cover was used (n = 28) 2.5 ± 2.7 median = 2 3.0 ± 5.9 median = 1 3.7 ± 8.0 median = 1
  1. 1. Before patient use all beds were terminally cleaned using quaternary ammonia compound. Launderable covers were laundered prior sampling. All beds were covered with clean sheets prior to patient use.
  2. 2. After discharge, but prior to terminal cleaning.
  3. *After laundering.
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