Awareness of hand hygiene practices among IInd M.B.B.S students in a tertiary care hospital


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Author Details : K Aarathi*, Jagannadha Phaneedra D S, G J Archana

Volume : 8, Issue : 2, Year : 2021

Article Page : 174-178

https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijmr.2021.035



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Introduction: Proper hand hygiene practices are important to prevent nosocomial infections, cross transmission of microorganisms and to reduce the occupational risk of infectious diseases in a health care setting. Though WHO has given guidelines regarding hand hygiene, their awareness among healthcare professionals particularly among medical students is low. We have conducted a study to know the awareness of Hand hygiene practices among the undergraduate medical students (IInd MBBS – 5 semester).
Materials and Methods: A formal questionnaire on hand hygiene consisting of ten questions was distributed among IInd yr. medical students belonging to 5 semester and the responses were evaluated. A grading was done as according to performance as Excellent (8 – 10 responses correct), Good – Average (4 – 7 responses correct), poor (< / = 3 responses correct).
Results: A total of eighty participants volunteered for study which included 31 males and 49 females. On the whole 20% (16), 52.5% (42), 27.5% (22) were graded as excellent, good –average and poor respectively. Among female students 18% (9), 55.1% (27) and 26.5% (13) were graded as excellent, good –average and poor respectively. Among Male students 22.5% (7), 48.3% (15) and 29% (9) were graded as excellent, good –average and poor respectively.
Conclusion: The above result showed that the awareness about hand hygiene was only at a moderate level. Hence training in hand hygiene practices and their evaluation should be included as a part of undergraduate curriculum to achieve an enhanced outcome in this arena.
 

Keywords: Hand hygiene, Practices, Hand wash, Hand rub.


How to cite : Aarathi K, Jagannadha Phaneedra D S, Archana G J, Awareness of hand hygiene practices among IInd M.B.B.S students in a tertiary care hospital. Indian J Microbiol Res 2021;8(2):174-178


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Article History

Received : 23-03-2021

Accepted : 08-04-2021

Available online : 30-07-2021


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