ISSN: 2149-2247 | E-ISSN: 2149-2549
Volume : 44 Issue : 3 Year : 2022
Assessment of Hand Hygiene Compliance in the Context of COVID-19 Among Paediatric Nurses in a Nigerian Federal University Teaching Hospital [Erciyes Med J]
Erciyes Med J. 2022; 44(3): 306-311 | DOI: 10.14744/etd.2021.48716

Assessment of Hand Hygiene Compliance in the Context of COVID-19 Among Paediatric Nurses in a Nigerian Federal University Teaching Hospital

Chioma Oko, Azlina Yusuf2, Fahisham Taib3
School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kelantan, Malaysia

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess hand hygiene (HH) facilities and to measure HH compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic among pediatric nurses in a single Nigerian federal university teaching hospital.
Materials and Methods: This is a cross-sectional study utilizing the WHO HH observational design. Compliance data were collected by a trained observer using the WHO my five moments for HH checklist, while HH facilities were assessed using the infection and control assessment form. The data were analysed using SPSS software version 26.0. A Chi-square test was employed to determine the compliance across units, shifts, and my five moments for HH.
Results: Most HH facilities in the study were non-functional and inadequate. The overall compliance rate was 38.1%, based on the 561 HH opportunities recorded. The compliance rate was similar across the unit and shift, but varied according to my five moments for HH (p<0.001). HH compliance was found to be decreased in the moments before the contact with childt (5.6%) and before an aseptic procedure (1.1%). Better compliance was observed after body fluid exposure (100%), after the contact with child (61.2%), and after the contact with the childs environment (61.4%).
Conclusion: The study found inadequate HH facilities, possibly contributing to poor HH compliance. Local facilities need to be restructured to ensure adequate access to resources which would indirectly increase HH practice and compliance, especially in the pediatric settings where HH is very crucial.

Keywords: Hand hygiene, children, nurses, developing countries, infections

Chioma Oko, Azlina Yusuf, Fahisham Taib. Assessment of Hand Hygiene Compliance in the Context of COVID-19 Among Paediatric Nurses in a Nigerian Federal University Teaching Hospital. Erciyes Med J. 2022; 44(3): 306-311

Corresponding Author: Azlina Yusuf, Malaysia
Manuscript Language: English
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