992. Awareness and Practice of Infection control and Hand Hygiene  among Healthcare workers in Nigeria: Report from the International Ambassadorship Programme
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Hand Hygiene 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Room: SDCC Poster Hall F-H
Background: The presenting author is  a SHEA International Ambassador. As part of the programme, he is committed along with other practitioners to promote the awareness and practice of infection control in Nigeria. The study was a survey carried out among healthcare workers who participated in Training and Seminar in Western and Eastern Nigeria. Participants were drawn from about 7 Public and Private hospitals including a regional Trauma Center and Military Reference Hospital.  Between Jan and March 2012 we conducted seminars on Infection control and patient safety and Hand Hygiene.

Methods: A pre-seminar evaluation was done to assess the awareness of participants on infection control practices and hand hygiene.  An adapted version of the WHO hand hygiene survey questionnaire was used. A Post survey was also done. Each participant was expected fill the Questionaire. The results were collated by the authors and analysed with excel software

Results:

About 600 health worker participated in the survey and the training/seminar. Doctors were 58(9.6%), Nurses 334 (56.5%), Consultants-34 (5.6%). Of the participants only 12% are aware of An Infection Control Programme, 23.6% are aware of the WHO hand hygiene Programme but only 10.8 admits that they are practicing it. Only 5% of the nurses know about an Infection Control Nurse. On hand hygiene 8.5% uses Alcohol based hand rub, 56.7% use hand washing station.

Conclusion: There awareness of Infection Control programme and Hand hygiene is low among healthworkers but there are significant efforts for improvement

Michael Oji, MBBS, FMCS, Surgery/ Quality Improvement, Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, LAGOS, Nigeria, Wene Ochonogor, Nursing/Infection Control, Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, Nigeria, Nathaniel Ajileye, Nursing /ER, Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, Nigeria, Ifeanyi Onah, MBBS, FWACS, Plastic Surgery, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Enugu, Nigeria and Nwekpe Chineye, MLS, Microbiology, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Enugu, Nigeria

Disclosures:

M. Oji, None

W. Ochonogor, None

N. Ajileye, None

I. Onah, None

N. Chineye, None

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