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Expectations of healthcare personnel from infection prevention and control services for preparedness of healthcare organisation in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors
  • Shah, Zinkal1
  • Singh, Vanya2
  • Supehia, Sakshi3
  • Mohan, Latika4
  • Gupta, Puneet Kumar5
  • Sharma, Maneesh6
  • Sharma, Suresh7
  • 1 Senior Resident, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India. , (India)
  • 2 Senior Resident, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India. , (India)
  • 3 Masters Student, School of Public Health, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India. , (India)
  • 4 Professor & Head, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India. , (India)
  • 5 Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India. , (India)
  • 6 Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India. , (India)
  • 7 Principle, College of Nursing, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India. , (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical Journal Armed Forces India
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2021
Volume
77
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.mjafi.2021.03.013
PMID: 34334913
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

During infectious outbreaks like COVID-19, it is essential that every healthcare personnel (HCP) strictly adheres to infection prevention and control (IPC) policies. To boost IPC measures, training to reinforce preventive practices, which are pertinent to needs and encompass the expectations of the HCP, is indispensable. Thus, these expectations of the HCP should be explored. In this cross-sectional descriptive survey, we used convenience sampling technique to ask the participants to list their expectations on of covid-19 IPC training paper based forms. Using the category construction approach, we organised the expectations and grouped the participants on the basis of their work and place of work to analyse the association using the chi-square test. Many participants expected to learn about the use of PPE and masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, basic precautions for personal protection during the training. Expectations also included various administrative queries, sample collection and clinical skills for diagnosis and management. There was significant association of many categories of expectations with the nature and place of work in the hospital. When planning IPC training, these expectations of the HCP may be carefully addressed. Information about causative agent, transmission and clinical aspects may will give a contextual meaning to IPC training. Some important preventive measures, which few participants expected to learn must be analysed in detail to understand the attitude of the HCP towards them. Efforts to appraise the HCP for the importance of these measures and promoting its practice may play a vital role to curb the spread of infectious diseases. © 2021 Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services. Published by Elsevier, a division of RELX India Pvt. Ltd.

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