Table 1

Percentage contamination of sites in vehicles before cleaning

Site% Of sites contaminatedMain species of bacteria found
*Candida was also found in suction bottles.
Folds in stretcher mattress (n=12)66.7 S epidermidis
Coliforms
Bacillus sp
Off side wall near stretcher mattress (n=12)66.7 S epidermidis
Bacillus sp
Coliforms
Inside cupboard or drawers (n=12)33.4 Bacillus sp
Coliforms
Steering wheel (n=12)33.4 S epidermidis
V streptococcus
Inside mask-Entonox (n=12)58.4 S epidermidis
Coliforms
Bacillus sp
Inside suction bottle (n=10)70.0Coliforms
Corynebacterium*
Rails of grid/track or floor (n=12)91.7Coliforms
Bacillus sp
S aureus
Pseudomonas sp