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Title: Factors predisposing health workers to nosocomial infections at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital
Authors: Namatovu, Irene
Keywords: Nosocomial infections
Respiratory Tract Infections (RTIs)
Health workers
Kampala International University Teaching Hospital
Issue Date: Oct-2014
Publisher: Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate the factors predisposing health workers to nosocomial infections at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital (KIUTH). This was a descriptive cross sectional study conducted among health workers at KIUTH. A total of 90 respondents were interviewed using questionnaires by random sampling. The study found out that the most common nosocomial infections (Nis) among the health care workers were Respiratory Tract Infections (RTIs) with (65.5%), the greatest risk factor for acquiring a nosocomial infection was insufficient equipment (43.3%), 86.6% of the respondents used personal protective equipment always, 48.9% of the respondents found hand hygiene as the infection control practice easiest to use, 90% of the respondents were motivated by personal safety and 50% did not comply with infection control measures due to inadequate supplies. It was concluded that the health care workers at KIUTH were aware of the aspects concerning NIs. The most common occupational infection occurring among HCWs were RTIs, specifically TB and the most common risk factor for acquiring a nosocomial infection is insufficient equipment and lack of infection control guidelines. The study then recommended that health care workers at the hospital be provided with adequate and relevant personal protective equipment such as respirators and hand hygiene facilities, ongoing education and training of HCWs on task-specific needs for safety integrated with implementation of infection control and prevention policy guidelines by the hospital administration
Description: A research report submitted to the Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry of in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery of Kampala International University
Appears in Collections:Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBchB)

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