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Assessment of Knowledge and Behavior on Hand Hygiene in Health Care Workers [Erciyes Med J]
Erciyes Med J. 2015; 37(1): 26-30 | DOI: 10.5152/etd.2015.8707

Assessment of Knowledge and Behavior on Hand Hygiene in Health Care Workers

Şafak Kaya1, Zehra Kaçmaz2, Necla Çetinkaya2, Şehmuz Kaya3, Hakan Temiz4, Mansur Inalcan5
1Department of Clinical Microbiology İnfectious Diseases, Diyarbakır Training and Research Hospital, Diyarbakır, Turkey
2Infection Control Committee, Diyarbakır Training and Research Hospital, Diyarbakır, Turkey
3Department of Orthopedics, Van Training and Research Hospital, Van, Turkey
4Department of Microbiology, Diyarbakır Training and Research Hospital,
5Organ Transplant Unit, Diyarbakır Training and Research Hospital, Diyarbakır, Turkey

Objective: Hand hygiene is a basic measure for the control of hospital-acquired infections. However, sustained compliance with hand hygiene in health care workers is poor. The purpose of this study was to investigate the practices and knowledge level about hand hygiene among health care workers in our hospital.
Materials and Methods: This study was performed in Diyarbakir Training and Research Hospital in May 2013. A total of 179 health care workers (HCWs) were included in the study. A questionnaire was administered to HCWs to assess their knowledge and practices on hand hygiene. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 16.0 program was used for the evaluation of data.
Results: Of 179 patients in the study, 123 (68.7%) were male and 56 (31.3%) were female. The mean age was 28.7 years (18-56 years). A hundred and thirty-three (74.3%) of HCWs had received training on hand hygiene. However, it was determined that the knowledge levels and practices of HCWs on hand hygiene were inadequate.
Conclusion: It is important that health care workers should be educated about hand hygiene. In addition, it is necessary to improve the physical conditions of our hospital.

Keywords: Health care workers, hand hygiene, education

Şafak Kaya, Zehra Kaçmaz, Necla Çetinkaya, Şehmuz Kaya, Hakan Temiz, Mansur Inalcan. Assessment of Knowledge and Behavior on Hand Hygiene in Health Care Workers. Erciyes Med J. 2015; 37(1): 26-30

Corresponding Author: Şafak Kaya, Türkiye
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