Day 2 : Oral Presentations (Theme: Patient Safety)

Event Title

Health care staff’s perceptions regarding importance of hand washing practices

Location

Lecture Hall 2

Start Date

27-1-2013 8:30 AM

Abstract

Background: Health Care Staff’s perceptions regarding importance of hand washing practices Purpose Hands of the Health Care Professionals are the main source of transmission of health care associated infections (HAIs). Hand washing is the most important infection control measure to reduce the infection transmission rate. Strict hand washing practices needs to improve the quality of care. The aim of this study was to explore the perceptions of health care staff (nurses, nursing students and nursing assistants NA).

Methodology: Quantitative descriptive cross sectional study design was used in this study. The study was conducted in the Medical-surgical wards (A3,A4 & D0) included all nurses, nursing students(SN) and nursing assistants(NA) who were on morning and evening duty. Self administered questionnaire were filled by 80 participants. Results: Staff members from A3 35.7%, A4 28.6% and D0 35.7% were included in the research. Nurses were 55 (78.6%) NAs were 13 (18.6%) and Student nurses (SN) were 2 (2.9%). 43 (61.4%) female and 27 (38.6%) were male staff. 58 (82.9%) staff members thought that it is important to wash hands before contact with patient and preparing medications. 70 (100%) staff members are thinking that hand washing is important after contact with the patients. Work load was one of the important factor that hinder hand washing practice and 82.86% participants mentioned that workload is a barrier factor for hand washing. 22 (31.4%) thought that long term duty is a barrier factor for hand washing. It was also reported that infection control team don’t have any monitoring for hand washing.

Conclusion: Hand washing is the most important infection control measure that helps to reduce the infection transmission rate. We found that nurses were giving importance to perform hand washing. 82% of nurses prefer hand washing before contact with patient and 100% of them performing hand washing after contact with patient.

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Health care staff’s perceptions regarding importance of hand washing practices

Lecture Hall 2

Background: Health Care Staff’s perceptions regarding importance of hand washing practices Purpose Hands of the Health Care Professionals are the main source of transmission of health care associated infections (HAIs). Hand washing is the most important infection control measure to reduce the infection transmission rate. Strict hand washing practices needs to improve the quality of care. The aim of this study was to explore the perceptions of health care staff (nurses, nursing students and nursing assistants NA).

Methodology: Quantitative descriptive cross sectional study design was used in this study. The study was conducted in the Medical-surgical wards (A3,A4 & D0) included all nurses, nursing students(SN) and nursing assistants(NA) who were on morning and evening duty. Self administered questionnaire were filled by 80 participants. Results: Staff members from A3 35.7%, A4 28.6% and D0 35.7% were included in the research. Nurses were 55 (78.6%) NAs were 13 (18.6%) and Student nurses (SN) were 2 (2.9%). 43 (61.4%) female and 27 (38.6%) were male staff. 58 (82.9%) staff members thought that it is important to wash hands before contact with patient and preparing medications. 70 (100%) staff members are thinking that hand washing is important after contact with the patients. Work load was one of the important factor that hinder hand washing practice and 82.86% participants mentioned that workload is a barrier factor for hand washing. 22 (31.4%) thought that long term duty is a barrier factor for hand washing. It was also reported that infection control team don’t have any monitoring for hand washing.

Conclusion: Hand washing is the most important infection control measure that helps to reduce the infection transmission rate. We found that nurses were giving importance to perform hand washing. 82% of nurses prefer hand washing before contact with patient and 100% of them performing hand washing after contact with patient.