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Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Workers of Gulab Devi Chest Hospital Lahore, Pakistan

Ishaq, Mehwish; Ullah, Qudrat; Rehman, Usman Ali; Bhatti, Sami Ullah; Hanif, Asif; Haq, Zabinfat Ul; Saba, Rifat; Zahra, Syeda Hina; Pervaiz, Anam

Abstract:

Background: Hand hygiene is a general term referring to any action of hand cleansing by using water and detergent and for the removal of transient microorganisms from hands. Hand hygiene is recognized as the leading measure to prevent cross-transmission of microorganisms and to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infections. There are many experiences that the lack of knowledge, attitude and poor practice in hand hygiene in healthcare workers transmit infection in patients and in other healthcare workers.

Methodology: This descriptive study was conducted in Gulab Devi Chest Hospital. I had taken 100 healthcare workers to complete my research. The sampling technique of my research was cross-sectional sampling technique, use to collect the data.

Results: In this research knowledge was not good in all HCWs, Overall knowledge of hand hygiene by all HCWs was less than 50%. The attitude in nurses and medical student in this research was moderate doctors and technologists have poor attitude in hand hygiene. The practices among HCWs in Gulab Devi Chest Hospital were also poor which was less than 50%.

Conclusion: The HCWs in Gulab Devi Hospital had poor knowledge, practices on hand hygiene. However, attitudes of medical student and nursing had satisfactory.

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