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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(1): 1935-1942
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.901.217


Understanding the Awareness and Practice of Hand Washing among Diverse Population
R. R. Snehalakshmi1, A. R. Susethira2*, N. Prabhusaran1 and A. Uma1
1Department of Microbiology, Trichy SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Tiruchirapalli, India (Affiliated to The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai)
2Department of Microbiology, Government IRT Perundurai Medical College, Erode, India (Affiliated to The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai)
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Hand washing prevents the transmission of infections including waterborne, parasitic and nosocomial infections. Hand washing is the most effective and cheaper method of preventing the spread of germs. The main aim of the study is to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, behavior and practice of hand washing among the heterogeneous population including Doctors, Nurses, Medical students, Para-medical staffs, Non-Medical students, School children and mothers of under-five in Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu. Method of study is cross-sectional study, study conducted for 2 months from June-August 2015. Among the 400 participants, 10% doctors, 7.5% nurses, 25% medical students, 7.5% Para-medical staffs, 25% Non-medical students, 12.5% school children and 12.5% mothers of under-five were participated. The data were analyzed and found that the knowledge among doctors, nurses, medical students, Para-medical staffs, Non-medical students, school children and mothers was 64.5%, 58.8%, 50.7%, 57.6%, 38.28%, 49.3% and 39.5% respectively. The attitude among doctors, nurses, medical students, Para-medical staffs, Non-medical students, school children and mothers was 95.7%, 72.8%, 89.1%, 52.2%, 83%, 82.4% and 63.1% respectively. The practice of hand washing among, nurses, medical students, Para-medical staffs, Non-medical students, school children and mothers was 63.1%, 51.6%, 51.6%, 51.2%, 44.2%, 44% and 45% respectively. For medical professionals it is mandatory to wash hands before and after touching patients and after handling infectious materials but this survey didn’t reveal the expected results from the healthcare professionals and others. Hence the hand washing procedures should be included in the curriculum from the elementary level to higher level.


Keywords: Hand washing, KAP, Heterogenous population
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Snehalakshmi, R. R., A. R. Susethira, N. Prabhusaran and Uma, A. 2020. Understanding the Awareness and Practice of Hand Washing among Diverse Population.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(1): 1935-1942. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.901.217