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Table 1 Contamination and distribution of MRSA in various units/wards and studied surfaces

From: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination and distribution in patient’s care environment at Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam-Tanzania

Variables Total specimens Positive (%) p-value
Overall magnitude 200 39 (19.5)  
General wards
 Medical 44 9 (20.5) 0.899
 Surgical 100 21 (21.0)  
Special units
 Intensive care unit 28 5 (17.9) 0.812
 Operating theater 28 4 (14.3)  
Gender of occupants
 Female’s units 76 22 (28.9) 0.026
 Male’s units 60 8 (13)  
Number of patients
 ≥ 10 patients 76 23 (30.3) 0.006
 < 10 patients 96 12 (12.5)  
Surfaces
 Bed surfaces 50 17 (34) 0.010
 Door handles 50 13 (26)  
 Sinks 50 6 (12)  
 Surgical trolleys 50 3 (6)