Hand hygiene skills of the health care workers and the effect of training and educational intervention: A single center cross-sectional study

Authors

  • Gentle Sunder Shrestha Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Manjit Shrestha Consultant Intensivist, Intensive Care Unit, Alka Hospital Pvt. Ltd, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Roshan Sharma Consultant Intensivist, Intensive Care Unit, Alka Hospital Pvt. Ltd, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Ramchandra KC Medical Officer, Intensive Care Unit, Alka Hospital Pvt. Ltd, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Bibeka Shrestha Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rojika Pradhan Chief of Administration, Alka Hospital Pvt. Ltd, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Pankaj Joshi Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bccj.v9i1.53050

Keywords:

hand hygiene, health care workers, training and education.

Abstract

Background: Hand hygiene is one of the most effective preventive measures in the transmission of infection. Proper hand hygiene strategies in health care facilities can reduce nosocomial infections and antimicrobial resistance.

Objectives: This study aims to assess the baseline hand hygiene skills among health care workers and the impact of education and training on it.

Design: Interventional cross-sectional single center study.

Method: It was conducted among 181 health care workers of Alka Hospital Pvt. Ltd. During both pre and post-test, participants were asked to perform hand hygiene with soap and water as per WHO guidelines. Pretest was conducted to assess baseline skills of health care workers regarding hand hygiene. An observer would score whether each of the steps were performed correctly, using a checklist. It was followed by intervention in the form of training, education and demonstration of hand hygiene. Post-test was conducted to assess the changes in skills after intervention.

Results: There was an overall improvement in the hand washing skills post intervention indicated by an increase in median score, which was 8 for pre-intervention and 9 for post-intervention. Doctors and nurses had better practice regarding hand hygiene in comparison to other participants. Those participants who had prior training on infection prevention and control, were found to have better hand hygiene skills post-intervention.

Conclusion: Training and educational interventions are the effective tools to improve hand hygiene skills of the health care workers. Performing such interventions at regular intervals can be helpful.

Bangladesh Crit Care J March 2021; 9(1): 12-15

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Published

2021-04-18

How to Cite

Shrestha, G. S., Shrestha, M., Sharma, R., KC, R., Shrestha, B., Pradhan, R., & Joshi, P. (2021). Hand hygiene skills of the health care workers and the effect of training and educational intervention: A single center cross-sectional study. Bangladesh Critical Care Journal, 9(1), 12–15. https://doi.org/10.3329/bccj.v9i1.53050

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