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Vasantha Priya Jeyasheelan1, Sumetha Suga Deiva Suga2, Sindhura Myneni3, Divya Ravikumar3, Manuel Raj Kumar4, Poonguzhali Sivagananam1, Vahithamala Kunasekaran5, Pandian Balu1, Udayakumari Meesala Chelladurai1, Yuvasree Sargunan6, Sai Ravi Teja Kamineni7, Vishnu Priya Veeraraghavan8 and Surapaneni Krishna Mohan9
1Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Panimalar College of Nursing, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai – 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
2Department of Microbiology, Panimalar Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai – 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
3Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Panimalar Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai- 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
4Hospital Infection Control Nurse, Panimalar Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai – 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
5Department of Community Health Nursing, Panimalar College of Nursing, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai – 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
6Department of Computer Science, Panimalar Institute of Technology, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai – 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
7Department of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases, Panimalar Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai – 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
8Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College & Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical & Technical Sciences (SIMATS), Saveetha University, Velappanchavadi, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.
9Department of Biochemistry, Panimalar Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Varadharajapuram, Poonamallee, Chennai – 600 123, Tamil Nadu, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2020;14(2):1527-1536 | Article Number: 6297
https://doi.org/10.22207/JPAM.14.2.51 | © The Author(s). 2020
Received: 05/05/2020 | Accepted: 15/06/2020 | Published: 26/06/2020
Abstract

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are infections which are absent at the time of admission and would have been acquired after hospitalization. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the knowledge and perception levels on preventing HAI among health care professionals in tertiary care setup. The semi-structured tool was used for data collection. Out of 367 health care professionals, 262 participants were included in the study. Data were analyzed with descriptive and inferential statistics. The mean level of knowledge and perception score on HAI was 19.58 ± 2.70 and 51.97 ± 5.62. There was a positive correlation among the level of knowledge with level of perception on the prevention of HAI (r=0.16) at p>0.01. The knowledge and perception level was significantly associated with few demographic variables such as following protocols of hand hygiene,trainings on HAI within last year and functioning infection control department in their institution at p = 0.001. Health care professionals have adequate knowledge and perception regarding the prevention of HAI. There should be emphasized refreshment and updates on the current trends on the prevention of HAI among the health care professionals through intensive education and conducting training courses.

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Hospital-acquired infections, knowledge, perception, health care professionals

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