Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Assessment of Soiling on Highly Touched Clinical Surfaces in Intensive Care Units


Department of Applied Nursing, Nursing School, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Brazil


Department of Nursing, Nursing School, Centro Universitário UNA, Contagem, Brazil


Department of Basic Nursing, Nursing School, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Brazil


Department of Nursing, Nursing School, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil


Department of Nursing, Nursing School of Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Institute of Education and Research, Hospital Sírio-Libânes, São Paulo, Brazil

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2023; 31: 188-193
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2023.23027
Read: 890 Downloads: 326 Published: 11 October 2023

AIM: The aim of this study is to evaluate highly touched clinical surfaces using visual inspection methods and adenosine triphosphate by bioluminescence to identify soiling in intensive care units.

METHOD: Descriptive, cross-sectional study carried out in three intensive care units located in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. Data collection included 142 assessments of environmental surfaces. For data analysis, the Pareto diagram and descriptive statistics were used through measures of central tendency.

RESULTS: The visual inspection identified dirtiness in the infusion pump, alcohol dispenser, and telephone. The surface that showed a high level of contamination by organic matter identified by the adenosine triphosphate bioluminescence test was the telephone, with a median of 1012 RLU/cm2 (±348.8).

CONCLUSION: The surface evaluation methods used in the intensive care units made it possible to identify dirt on surfaces highly touched by hands, reinforcing the need for investments in training and audits in the process of cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

Cite this article as: Luiz Silva Alvim, A., Guerra Pimenta, F., da Conceição Oliveira Coelho, A., da Costa Carbogim, F., de Abreu Varoto, A., Menis Ferreira, A., Moretti Carneiro, L., Garcia dos Santos Junior, A., de Andrade, D., & Francisco Lopes de Sousa, Á. (2023). Assessment of soiling on highly touched clinical surfaces in intensive care units. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 31(3), 188-193.

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