Safaa ELMeneza* and Amel Gaber
Pediatrics Department, Faculty of Medicine for Girls, AL-Azhar University, Egypt
*Corresponding Author: Safaa ELMeneza, Pediatrics Department, Faculty of Medicine for Girls, AL-Azhar University, Egypt.
Received: January 23, 2021; Published: April 28, 2021
Citation: Safaa ELMeneza and Amel Gaber. “Study of Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Regarding COVID-19 to Improve Safety Practice among Health Care Workers”. Acta Scientific Paediatrics 4.5 (2021): 40-48.
Background: Healthcare workers are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection both physically and psychologically.
Aim: The aim of this study was to estimate the gap in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the HCWs regarding COVID-19 in order to improve safety care and promote focus training to protect HCWs from adverse events /infection.
Methods: A cross sectional survey was applied from May 2020 to July 2020 involving 127 health care workers from Al-Zhraa University hospital.
Results: The highest response rate to survey was from nurses (51.97%), 37% of the respondents had 3-9 years of experience. Educational status varied from diploma of nursing in 44.1% to MD in 11.8%. There was association of knowledge with education, years of experience, female gender, work in frontline, and non-overworked. P values were < 0.00001, 0.0017, 0.019, < 0.00001 respectively. Fear was recorded among 81.10% and 55.9% had confidence in defeating COVID-19 virus. Practice were assessed through seven items. Maintained quarantine with family was reported among 74.8%, 29.92% did not receive training for COVID-19 infection prevention. 52.76% did not follow protocols to deal with PPE, 97.63 wear mask when contact with patient, 81.1% was refrained from shaking hands and 55.9% avoid patients with signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
Conclusion: HCWs of AL-Zhraa University hospital had significant knowledge, attitude and positive practice to COVID-19. However, residents need focused on job training regarding mode of infection of COVID-19, use of PPE and apply suitable PPE for the provided care.
Keywords: KAP Study; Patient Safety; COVID-19; Health Care Workers
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