Assessment of knowledge, attitude & practices regarding use of personal protective equipment among healthcare workers with regards to COVID 19

Jyoti Sonawane, Debapriya Das Choudhury, Sumit Wasnik, Abhay Chowdhary

Abstract


Background & Objectives: The COVID-19 Pandemic is an ongoing crisis that has strained hospitals and health systems around the globe. The provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers is of utmost importance in sustaining an effective response to this crisis. The aim of
this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) amongst healthcare workers about knowledge, attitude and practices regarding us of PPE.
Materials and Methods: An online cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted from July 2020 to August 2020 at a tertiary care hospital and teaching institute of Navi Mumbai.
Results: A total of 250 subjects responded to the questionnaire. Most of the respondents were 25-35 years of age. 40% were males whereas majority of the respondents were postgraduate residents followed by nursing staffs. Of the 272 respondents in this survey, only 70 (25.7%) had adequate knowledge about PPE.
The knowledge of appropriate use of PPE is best among postgraduate residents, whereas the practices is best among nursing staffs.
Interpretation & Conclusion: The study showed that HCWs’ knowledge, practices and attitude regarding appropriate use of PPE is good. However, continuous training program must be conducted on practical training on appropriate PPE use.

Keywords: COVID 19, KAP, Personal protective equipment.


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