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Volume 15, Number 9—September 2009

Research

Nurses’ Contacts and Potential for Infectious Disease Transmission

Helen BernardComments to Author , Richela Fischer, Rafael T. Mikolajczyk, Mirjam Kretzschmar, and Manfred Wildner
Author affiliations: Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany (H. Bernard); Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Oberschleissheim, Germany (H. Bernard, R. Fischer, M. Wildner); University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (R.T. Mikolajczyk); National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands (M. Kretzschmar); University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands (M. Kretzschmar).

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Table 3

Work-related contacts of nurses, Bavaria, Germany, April–July 2007*

Contact duration, min No. nonphysical contacts with
No. of physical contacts with
Patients Staff Other All Patients Staff Other All
<15 441 507 279 1,227 927 114 37 1,078
15–60 69 332 12 413 483 135 10 628
>60
7
319
5
331

226
247
17
490
Total 517 1,158 296 1,971 1,636 496 64 2,196

*Only contacts with information on all 3 variables (n = 4,167).

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