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Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Standard Infection Control Precautions among Health-care Workers in a Hospital in Qassim, Saudi Arabia: a Cross-sectional Survey

Version 1 : Received: 24 October 2021 / Approved: 27 October 2021 / Online: 27 October 2021 (13:32:09 CEST)

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Abalkhail, A.; Al Imam, M.H.; Elmosaad, Y.M.; Jaber, M.F.; Hosis, K.A.; Alhumaydhi, F.A.; Alslamah, T.; Alamer, A.; Mahmud, I. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Standard Infection Control Precautions among Health-Care Workers in a University Hospital in Qassim, Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11831. Abalkhail, A.; Al Imam, M.H.; Elmosaad, Y.M.; Jaber, M.F.; Hosis, K.A.; Alhumaydhi, F.A.; Alslamah, T.; Alamer, A.; Mahmud, I. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Standard Infection Control Precautions among Health-Care Workers in a University Hospital in Qassim, Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11831.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11831
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182211831

Abstract

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) contribute to increased length of hospital stay, high mortality and higher health-care costs. Prevention and control of HAIs is a critical public health concern. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 213 hospital health-care workers in Qassim, Saudi Arabia. We assessed Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) of standard infection control precautions using a structured questionnaire. Predictors of KAP were investigated using multivaraible logistic regression analyses and independent sample t tests. Prevalence of good (≥80% correct response) knowledge, attitude and practice were 67.6%, 61.5% and 73.2%, respectively. Predictors of good knowledge included age over 34 years (adjusted odds ratio: 30.5, p<0.001), and receiving training (13.3, p<0.001). Predictor of positive attitude was having >6 years of experience (5.5, p<0.001). While, the predictors of good practice were having >6 years of experience (2.9, p<0.01), previous exposure to HAIs (2.5, p<0.05) and training (3.5, p<0.01). However, being female (0.22, p<0.001) and older (>34 years) (0.34, p<0.01) were negatively associated with knowledge. Results indicate that older academic programs might not have adequately covered infection crontrol. Arranging training for HCWs might be useful in improving their knowledge of standard infection control precautions and is also expected to facilitate positive attitude and practice.

Keywords

Hospital-acquired infections; infection control; standard precautions; health-care workers; Saudi Arabia

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Nursing & Health Studies

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