Volume No. :   11

Issue No. :  4

Year :  2019

ISSN Print :  0975-4393

ISSN Online :  2349-2988


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Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Hand Hygiene among Medical Students/ Practitioners – A Survey



Address:   Dr. S. Mithra1, Dr. Pratibha Ramani2, Dr. Herald J. Sherlin3, Dr. Gheena. S4, Dr. Abilasha Ramasubramaniam4, Dr. Gifrina Jayaraj4, Dr. K. R. Don5, Dr. Archana Santhanam5
1I MDS, Post Graduate Student, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai
2Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai
3Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai
4Reader, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai
5Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, SIMATS, Chennai
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: 10.5958/2349-2988.2019.00036.6

ABSTRACT:
Background: Hand hygiene is considered one of the most important infection control method for preventing health care-associated infections. Though the techniques involved in hand hygiene are simple, the compliance with hand hygiene recommendations is poor worldwide. Objectives: The study was performed to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) study on hand hygiene among medical. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 176 dental professionals and medical practitioners. Results: The response rate to the survey was 100%. About two third (72%) of the respondents exhibited good knowledge and 76.2% average knowledge about the risk factors. Overall 85% of the practitioners accepted due to time constrain it cannot be practised daily. Over 90.0% of the respondents were ready to undertake training course on Hand hygiene. CONCLUSION: This study proves the necessity of training sessions regarding hand hygiene practices among all medical professionals to provide a current knowledge in the area with a behavioural change in attitude and practice leading to reduction in the spread of nosocomial infections.
KEYWORDS:
hand hygiene, infection, medical, dental.
Cite:
S. Mithra, Pratibha Ramani, Herald J. Sherlin, Gheena. S, Abilasha Ramasubramaniam, Gifrina Jayaraj, K. R. Don, Archana Santhanam. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Hand Hygiene among Medical Students/ Practitioners – A Survey. Research J. Science and Tech. 2019; 11(4):259-264.
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