STUDY ON INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN A SPECIALITY HOSPITAL, CHENNAIK. VINODHINI AND A. BHOOMA DEVI
Hospital Infection control is very essential for the safety and wellbeing of patients, hospital staffs and visitors of the hospital. It affects various Departments of the hospital and it also involves problems of quality risk management, clinical governance of health and safety. Hospital infection control program with stable structure should be present in all institutions that provide health care in order to create a managed environment. The study aims to assess and compare the infection control practices and policies among the healthcare providers. The study will serve as a source of finding the aspects of existing infection control practices and thus will be helpful in bridging the gap between the current infection control practices. It also integrates the process with the organization to maintain and improve the effectiveness of clinical services. It was evident that infection control measures and practices were not up to the mark because of so many factors such as inadequate biomedical waste management practices, inadequate practices in spill management, inadequate practices in usage of sodium hypo chloride, recapping of the needle and document regarding the needle stick injury and inadequate practices on the hand washing before touching the patient. From the study it is evident that there was an inadequate infection control practice among the health care workers and also compliance percent. Hence there is a need for continuous and mandatory training, surveillance, infection control program.
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