91pc doctors, paramedics avoid washing hands
- Courtesy by: farooq ahmed soomro <dr_farooq_02@...> wrote:Daily Dawn October 22, 2006
91pc doctors, paramedics avoid washing hands
By Zulqernain Tahir
LAHORE, Oct 21: In the absence of basic facilities for
hand washing in most public hospitals, some 91 per
cent doctors and paramedics are not observing this
practice after examining patients, reveals a study of
the Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC).
Hand washing is one of the most vital procedures for
preventing Nosocomial Infection in hospitals. It
prevents potentially fatal spread of infection from
patient to patient and from patient to health care
workers in a health care setting, the study says.
The study has been conducted to determine the
knowledge, attitude and practice patterns of hand
washing in several public sector hospitals of the
Two doctors, a head nurse, a junior/student nurse and
a dispenser/dresser/trainee technician were
interviewed in each of the selected hospitals. Pro
forma was used to collect the information; besides an
observational form was also filled to see the actual
facilities available and the practice pattern of the
staff. A total of 386 individuals, including 191
doctors, were interviewed.
It has been noted that the facility for hand washing
is available at only 17 per cent units but only nine
per cent doctors and paramedics of them bother to use
Around 48 per cent doctors and 70 per cent paramedics
stated that they were practicing hand washing after
examining every patient but when observed only nine
per cent were doing so. A majority of them used toilet
soap, which they had purchased by themselves and 33
per cent were of the view that hand washing practice
with soap and water was not adequate to prevent
infection. Most of them (58 per cent) said that if the
facility was provided they would perform hand washing
regularly, the study says.
It says that water was not available for hand washing
at 66 per cent places. There was no washbasin at 61
per cent units and detergent was not available at 68
per cent places. At some places these facilities were
available to senior doctors only while junior doctors
and other staff were not allowed to use it, it says
and adds that gloves were not available at 71 per cent
General cleanliness of the hospitals recorded 22 per
cent as bad, 51 per cent adequate and only 27 per cent
The results of the PMRC study show that at most places
basic facilities for hand washing are not available. A
majority of doctors and paramedical staff is not
practicing hand washing after examining patients,
therefore, it is recommended that hand washing
facilities should be provided at all places of
hospitals where patients are examined.
Health education should be provided regularly through
print and electronic media and workshops to create
awareness about hand washing benefits. Senior doctors
should make sure that they adhere to this practice and
also keep a check on their juniors in this regard,
the study recommends.
Dr. Farooq Rahman Soomro
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