Hospital-acquired infection awareness and control practices among healthcare staff: An evaluation

Pallavi Saraswat, Rajnarayan R. Tiwari, Muralidhar Varma, Sameer Phadnis, Monica Sindhu

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Background/Aims Hospital-acquired infections pose a risk to the wellbeing of both patients and staff. They are largely preventable, particularly if hospital staff have adequate knowledge of and adherence to infection control policies. This study aimed to assess the knowledge, awareness and practice of hospital-acquired infection control measures among hospital staff. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted among 71 staff members in a tertiary healthcare facility in Karnataka, India. The researchers distributed a questionnaire containing 33 questions regarding knowledge of hospital-acquired infections, awareness of infection control policies and adherence to control practices. The results were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 16.0 and a Kruskal Wallis test. Results Respondents mean percentage score on the knowledge of hospital-acquired infections section was 72%. Their mean percentage scores on the awareness and practice of infection prevention measures sections were 82% and 77% respectively. Doctors and those with more years of experience typically scored higher. Conclusion The respondents had an acceptable level of knowledge, awareness and adherence to infection control practices. However, continued training is essential in the prevention of hospital-acquired infections. The majority of the respondents stated that they were willing to undertake training in this area, and this opportunity should be provided in order to improve infection control quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-302
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 02-11-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy


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