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Compliance with universal precautions among health care workers at base hospital, Negombo

Authors:

L. D. J. U. Senarath ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Faculty of Medicine
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A. A. S. O. De Silva

Department of Health Services, LK
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Deputy Director General of Health Services (Education. Training and Research)
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Abstract

Objectives: To assess self-reported compliance with universal precautions and its determinants, and to describe the occupational exposures to blood and body fluids among health care workers at Base Hospital Negombo,

 

Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted among 215 health care workers using a self-administered questionnaire

 

Results: Nurses frequently reported high levels of compliance with disposal of needles into sharp bins (88.9%) and hand washing following contamination (73.8%). Medical Officers reported lower compliance rates than nurses, Compliance rates for wearing personal protective equipment were lower among all categories of respondents who were expected to wear them. A higher proportion of respondents recapped and unscrewed used needles. The factors significantly associated with poor compliance were younger age, lack of relevant training, poor knowledge and -poor access to personal protective equipment. Approximately 50% of all respondents had at least one needlestick injury during the previous six months. Occupational exposure to blood and body fluids was inversely related to the compliance with universal precautions.

 

Conclusions: This study identified certain modifiable determinants of poor compliance. Therefore, intervention programmes addressing those determinants will probably succeed in facilitating compliance with universal precautions among health care workers.

How to Cite: Senarath, L.D.J.U. and De Silva, A.A.S.O., 2002. Compliance with universal precautions among health care workers at base hospital, Negombo. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 7(1), pp.17–21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v7i1.8283
Published on 29 Dec 2002.
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