EXPLORING THE KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES OF AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL STUDENTS REGARDING INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN HOSPITALS: A PILOT STUDY

  • Maha Pervaz Iqbal School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Kerry Uebel School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Md. Saiful Islam School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Victoria Jabbour School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • John Hall School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Najam Us Saqib Khan Bahria University Medical and Dental College, Karachi Pakistan
  • Abrar A Chughtai School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Keywords: Care of medical students, Hand hygiene, Knowledge and practice, Personal protective equipment, Student, Sharps injury and disposal

Abstract

Objective: To assess the knowledge and practice of medical students regarding standard precautions in an Australian undergraduate medical programme.

Study Design: Cross sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: University of New South Wales, Australia, duration of study was six-years.

Methodology: Fifty medical students who were involved in clinical practice, were invited to complete a comprehensive questionnaire on standard precautions.

Results: The majority of participants agreed that hand hygiene was the most important factor in infection control. Only 32 (16%) knew to use a full personal protective equipment for Ebola. Regarding sharps disposal, 46 (92%) students always disposed used needles in the recommended bin, 27 (54%) indicated they sometimes recapped used needle while 25 (20%) sometimes bent used needles.

Conclusion: This study showed that there is a gap between knowledge and practice of medical students regarding hand hygiene and other infection control measures. There is a need for standardized and regular student training in the use of standard precautions in infection prevention and control.

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Published
2022-01-01
How to Cite
Pervaz Iqbal, M., Uebel, K., Islam, M. S., Jabbour, V., Hall, J., Khan, N. U., & Chughtai, A. (2022). EXPLORING THE KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES OF AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL STUDENTS REGARDING INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN HOSPITALS: A PILOT STUDY. PAFMJ, 71(6), 2236-41. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v71i6.6086
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