THE PRACTICE OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH PRECAUTIONS AMONG NURSES IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN SOUTH INDIA – A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY

Authors

  • Manoj Prabhakar E Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India
  • K Madhan mohan Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India
  • Rock Britto D Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India
  • Aswin A Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital
  • Bala Pavithra S Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India
  • Jagan S Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India
  • Girish Kumar S Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India
  • Jeevan T C Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37557/gjphm.v5i1.205

Keywords:

NURSES, TERTIARY CARE, UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS, HOSPITAL

Abstract

Introduction: The level of preventive measures against hospital-acquired infections depends on the

practice of universal precautions by the nurses. This study aimed to assess the awareness of universal

health precautions among nurses. Methods: It’s a cross-sectional study done among nursing staff in

various specialties in a tertiary care hospital. Systematic random sampling was done and 200 nurses

were tested with a study tool of a semi-structured questionnaire consisting of 20 questions. Results:

Out of 200 respondents 44.5% were aged 26-30 years, 88.5% were females, 66.5% were from urban

and 86% had Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees. The practice was assessed and the mean score

was 16.71 range (12-24). The maximum score was for ages 31-35 years, Male, Married, Urban, Master

of Science in Nursing, Inpatients Nursing staff, Surgical departments, the experience of more than 5

years. Conclusion: This study concludes with clues that there are gaps in formal teaching for nursing

students and practice. For the reduction of infection, we require repeated implementation and oversight

of universal precaution measures along with formal teaching, and further research and intervention are

needed.

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Author Biographies

Manoj Prabhakar E, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

Department of General Surgery and Assistant Professor

K Madhan mohan, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

Department of TB & Respiratory Medicine and Associate Professor

Rock Britto D, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

Department of community medicine and Professor

Bala Pavithra S, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

Department of Community Medicine and Interns

Jagan S, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

Department of Community Medicine and Interns

Girish Kumar S, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

Department of Community Medicine and Interns

Jeevan T C, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Perambalur, Tamilnadu, India

Department of Community Medicine and Interns

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Published

2023-03-31

How to Cite

Manoj Prabhakar E, K Madhan mohan, Rock Britto D, A, A., Bala Pavithra S, Jagan S, Girish Kumar S, & Jeevan T C. (2023). THE PRACTICE OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH PRECAUTIONS AMONG NURSES IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN SOUTH INDIA – A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY. Global Journal of Public Health Medicine, 5(1), 823–832. https://doi.org/10.37557/gjphm.v5i1.205

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