An evaluation of knowledge and awareness of disinfection and sterilization among health care workers.
Awareness ofthe disinfection and sterilization policy among hospital staffand their knowledge in basic principles and methods of disinfection and sterilization were studied before and after intervention using a self-administered questionnaire.
Survey results showed that awareness (56.2%) before intervention was unsatisfactory.
The nurses were more aware of the policy than other groups of medical personnel.
Those unaware of the policy perform duties from memory or verbal instructions.
A significant increase in awareness to 73.3% was observed after intervention (p<0.05).
Knowledge on methods of decontamination, disinfection and sterilization of equipment varies widely from 28.8% to 90.1%. 23.1% were unaware of the temperature used for sterilization while 72.4% did not know how containers of disinfectant should be refilled.
Only 14.7% knew the recommended method for washing containers.
With education improvement was observed.
The average knowledge improved from 44.4% to 57.3%. Our results indicated that continuous in-service education is needed to improve, supplement and update knowledge in this field after basic training.
In addition orientation programs for new staff should also be aimed at creating awareness and providing information on guidelines and policies related to their duties.
Mots-clés Pascal : Désinfection, Décontamination, Evaluation, Prise conscience, Connaissance, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Malaisie, Asie, Stérilisation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Disinfection, Decontamination, Evaluation, Awareness, Knowledge, Health staff, Human, Malaysia, Asia, Sterilization
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0504442
Code Inist : 002B02A07. Création : 01/03/1996.