Knowledge of blood-borne infectious diseases and the practice of universal precautions amongst health-care workers in a tertiary hospital in Malaysia

M. Z A Hamid, Noorazah Abd Aziz, A. R. Anita, O. Norlijah

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess the knowledge of blood-borne diseases transmitted through needle stick injuries amongst health-care workers in a tertiary teaching hospital. We also aimed to assess the practices of universal precautions amongst these workers and its correlation with the facts. We carried out a cross-sectional study from January to July 2008 involving various levels of health-care workers in Serdang Hospital, Selangor, Malaysia. A self-administered questionnaire assessing knowledge of blood-borne diseases and universal precautions, and actual practice of universal precautions was used. Two hundred fifteen respondents participated in this study; 63.3% were staff nurses. The mean knowledge score was 31.84 (SD 4.30) and the mean universal practice score was 9.0 (SD 2.1). There was a small, positive correlation between knowledge and actual practice of universal precautions (r = 0.300, n = 206, p <0.001) amongst the cohort studied. Factors such as age and years of experience did not contribute towards cquisition of knowledge about blood-borne illnesses or the practice of universal precautions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1192-1199
Number of pages8
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Volume41
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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Universal Precautions
Malaysia
Tertiary Care Centers
Communicable Diseases
Delivery of Health Care
Hematologic Diseases
Needlestick Injuries
Teaching Hospitals
Health Status
Cross-Sectional Studies
Nurses

Keywords

  • Health-care workers
  • Knowledge
  • Needle-borne diseases
  • Universal practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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