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Table 1 Bacteria isolated from environmental surfaces

From: Bacterial contamination of frequently touched objects in a tertiary care hospital of Pokhara, Nepal: how safe are our hands?

Organisms Elevator buttons (n = 48) Biometric attendance devices (n = 24) Door handles (n = 80) Telephone sets (n = 30) Railing (n = 20) Water taps (n = 30)
S. aureus 11 (22.9%) 08 (33.3%) 13 (16.2%) 06 (20%) 03 (15%) 03 (10%)
S. epidermidis 10 (20.8%) 06 (25%) 11 (13.7%) 04 (13.3%) 01 (5%) 02 (6.6%)
Enterococcus species 04 (8.3%) 05 (20.8%) 08 (10%) 06 (20%) 02 (10%) 03 (10%)
Diphtheroids 05 (10.4%) 04 (16.6%) 07 (8.7%) 08 (26.6%) 04 (20%) 07 (23.3%)
Micrococcus species 07 (14.6%) 05 (20.8%) 08 (10%) 11 (36.6%) 02 (10%) 04 (13.3%)
Escherichia coli 03 (6.2%) 02 (8.3%) 04 (5%) 03 (10%) 01 (5%) 02 (6.6%)
Pseudomonas species 02 (4.1%) 03 (12.5%) 02 (6.6%)
Acinetobacter species 02 (4.1%) 03 (12.5%) 04 (5%) 05 (16.6%) 01 (5%) 04 (13.3%)
Total 44 36 55 43 14 27
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