A quantitative approach to defining "high-touch" surfaces in hospitals

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Aug;31(8):850-3. doi: 10.1086/655016.


Fifty interactions between healthcare workers and patients were observed to obtain a quantifiable definition of "high-touch" (ie, frequently touched) surfaces based on frequency of contact. Five surfaces were defined as high-touch surfaces: the bed rails, the bed surface, the supply cart, the over-bed table, and the intravenous pump.

MeSH terms

  • Beds
  • Hospital Units*
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • North Carolina
  • Observation
  • Patient Care* / statistics & numerical data
  • Patients' Rooms*
  • Personnel, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Surgery Department, Hospital
  • Touch*