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Research Paper | Biomedical Sciences | India | Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023
Assessment of Mask-Wearing and Hand Hygiene Practices among Healthcare Workers: A Study in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Vilas T | Dr. Omprakash T L | Maj (dr.) Abhijit Y V
Abstract: Introduction: COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on 11thMarch 2020. Health Cere Workers (HCWs) are at high risk of infection at work place . Infection control measures including face mask and hand hygiene can significantly reduce the infection among HCWs . Methodology: All the health care workers in a tertiary care teaching hospital were interviewed regarding the mask wearing and hand hygiene practices. Results: A total of 310 HCWs were included where in majority of them were Nurses (40%) followed by Doctors (36%). Majority (94.1%) of them used mask out of which 70% of them wore N95 mask and as many as 8% of them used cloth mask. The reuse rate of mask was 77% technicians followed by staff nurse (61%). Majority of the staff nurses (94%) of them adjusted their masks at work followed by doctors (88%). Majority of the HCWs (91%) practiced hand hygiene and around 42% of them felt that their hand hygiene practice was compromised during emergencies.
Keywords: Infection control Practice, Health Care Personnel, COVID 19
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023,
Pages: 1706 - 1709