International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 3, Issue 3, Part A (2020)

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of “General preventive measures against health care associated infections” among medical and nursing students of a tertiary care hospital in Chennai

Author(s): R Ramasubramaniam, Vidyasree, Riddi Rajan, S Kirtana, D Harini, K Abhinaya, S Gayathri, Hameed Nusheen Afra Pasappil
Abstract: Background: Healthcare workers are at increased risk of hospital acquired infections it can be for both Doctors and Nurses. This study was aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of health care among medical and nursing students towards hospital acquired infections.
Aims and Objectives: 1. To asses knowledge and practice of basic preventive measures against nosocomial infections among medical and nursing students.2. To determine the relationship between knowledge and practice of basic preventive measures against nosocomial infections among medical and nursing students.3. To asses attitude towards basic preventive measures against nosocomial infections among medical and nursing students.4. To provide health education about basic preventive measures against nosocomial infections.
Methods: A hospital based study was conducted among 80 Nursing students and 113 medical students majority of MBBS students during the period of August 2019 to October 2019.A predesigned semi structured questionnaire was administered to obtain information regarding their knowledge, attitude and practice .Data was collected by the principle investigators. Descriptive statistics of the Data analyzed using SPSS v16.
Results: Among 193, 80 Nursing students and 113 medical students, majority of MBBS students 86.51% had KAP of Hospital Acquired Infections than nursing students 81.19% which was equally good. Medical students had knowledge about effective hand washing was 58.40% and practice was 69.02%. While nursing students knowledge about effective hand washing was 20% but practice was 88.05%.The practice of needle recapping was 65% among nursing students and 61.95% among medical students. Overall KAP of hospital acquired infections among both nursing and mbbs students was 84%.Among medical students those who had 70.80% excellent knowledge had a practice of 45.13% clearly indicated they need more practice. While nursing students those who had 50% excellent knowledge had a practice of 47.50% clearly indicated they need more knowledge and practice. The study will help understand prevailing practices with regards to infection prevention among the medical and nursing students. It may throw light on the need for regular refresher courses on general preventive measures against nosocomial infections.
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How to cite this article:
R Ramasubramaniam, Vidyasree, Riddi Rajan, S Kirtana, D Harini, K Abhinaya, S Gayathri, Hameed Nusheen Afra Pasappil. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of “General preventive measures against health care associated infections” among medical and nursing students of a tertiary care hospital in Chennai. International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine. 2020; 3(3): 18-22. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2020.v3.i3a.153
International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine