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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(1): 492-495
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.601.058


Cross-sectional Study of Hand Hygiene Practices and Comparison of Microbial Flora of Dominant and Non-dominant Hand amongst Health Care Personnel
Vrushali V. Kulkarni1*, Poorva A. Sule2, Ganesh T. Shinde3 and S. Kartikeyan1
1Department of Community Medicine, 2Department of Microbiology, 3Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Kalwa, Thane, Maharashtra, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Hand hygiene is considered as the most effective method of controlling health care related infections. The present study was conducted to determine the awareness of hand washing among Health care personnel (HCP) and to compare the microbial flora of dominant and non-dominant hands of HCP. Sixty-nine HCP were interviewed using a pre-validated questionnaire regarding compliance of hand washing practices. Their dominant hand was noted. Using the sterile pre-moistened swab sticks sample was collected from both hands of HCP and cultivated on Blood Agar. Colony Forming Units counting and identification of bacteria was done. Participants who were aware of hand washing technique and hand washing guidelines comprised 97.10% and 85.5%, respectively. Out of all, 63.76% had received training in hand washing. The frequency of hand washing was four times or more for 49 (71.01%). Posters and information charts available in the hospital were the major sources (85.5%) of information on hand washing. Though there is strong awareness regarding hand-washing among healthcare workers, the compliance is inadequate. There was no significant difference in the microbial flora of dominant and non-dominant hands of health-care personnel.


Keywords: Health care personnel, Hand washing, Dominant and non-dominant hands, Microbial flora.
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Vrushali V. Kulkarni, Poorva A. Sule, Ganesh T. Shinde and Kartikeyan, S. 2017. Cross-sectional Study of Hand Hygiene Practices and Comparison of Microbial Flora of Dominant and Non-dominant Hand amongst Health Care Personnel.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(1): 492-495. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.601.058