Perspective of health professionals on hand hygiene in a tertiary care center in Pakistan

Authors

  • Attia Bari The Children’s Hospital & the Institute of Child Health Lahore
  • Izza Imran Department of Peadiatric Medicine, The Children's Hospital & The Institute of Child Health Lahore, Pakistan
  • Nasir Ali Nawaz Department of Peadiatric Medicine, The Children's Hospital & The Institute of Child Health Lahore, Pakistan
  • Rizwana Kamran CMH Lahore Medical College Institute of Dentistry NUMS, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Iqbal Bano Department of Peadiatric Medicine, The Children's Hospital & The Institute of Child Health Lahore, Pakistan
  • Nadia Sadaqat Department of Peadiatric Medicine, The Children's Hospital & The Institute of Child Health Lahore, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.532

Abstract

Abstract

Objective: To determine the awareness of postgraduate residents and nurses working in a tertiary care hospital about hand hygiene.

Method: The cross-sectional study was conducted in October 2018 at The Children’s Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore, Pakistan, and comprised postgraduate residents and nurses. Data was collected using a 31-item self-administered inventory. Data analysis was done using SPSS 21.

Results: Of the 360 subject, 152(%) were postgraduate residents and 208(%) were nurses. Overall score of knowledge 202(56%) was low compared to attitude 260(72%) and practice 283(78.6%). The combined score of all three domains was 245(68%), indicating moderate awareness. Postgraduate residents had significantly better knowledge 98(64%) compared to nurses 104 (50%) (p=0.01), while nurses had better attitude score 159(76.4%) compared to the residents 103(68%) (p<0.05). The practice subscale score was not significantly different between the groups (p>0.05).

Conclusion: Both postgraduate residents and nurses showed moderately satisfactory knowledge, attitude and practice towards hand hygiene.

Key Words: Hand hygiene, Healthcare-associated infections, Postgraduate residents, Nurses, Knowledge, Practices.

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Published

2020-10-23

How to Cite

Bari, A., Izza Imran, Nasir Ali Nawaz, Rizwana Kamran, Iqbal Bano, & Nadia Sadaqat. (2020). Perspective of health professionals on hand hygiene in a tertiary care center in Pakistan. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.532

Issue

Section

KAP STUDY