Health Personnel Practices Regarding Prevention of Sharp Injuries in the Delivery Room at the Middle Euphrates Teaching Hospitals
Keywords:prevention, sharp injuries, Health care personnel, Practices.
Literatures proved that prevention of sharp injuries are the most important and effective infection prevention
and control measures to prevent the spread of microorganisms causing hospital Acquired infections. Aim of
the study; This study conducted to assess personal protective equipment practices of health care personnel
in the delivery room at the Middle Euphrates Teaching Hospitals. Methods; A Descriptive research design
begin in 20th February to 26th May 2016, Current study sample involve all midwives and physicians in the
delivery room (Total coverage.). Questionnaire used for data collection by interview forms and observational
checklist was obtain from the extensive review of relevant literature and related studies Data analyzed through
utilize (SPSS) software version (16) where, included descriptive analysis and inferential data analysis. The
study conducted among 37 physicians and 97 midwives working in the delivery room are females.
Results: Overall scores of practices related to prevention of sharp injuries in the four studied hospitals
were was good at Karbala (2.77) and Al-Najaf (2.37), while fair at Babylon (1.79) and Diwaniah (2.26).
The present study has also indicated that there are a highly significant in health staff practices regarding
prevention of sharp injuries and the different studied governorates at p-value less than 0.01.
Conclusion: Based on the finding of present study health care personnel have good practices at Karbala and
Al-Najaf, while fair at Babylon and Diwaniah.
Recommendations: Updating practice of health care personnel through continuing in-service educational
programs. Regular inspection and follow-up from the Ministry of Health for assurances good practices
regarding prevention of sharp injuries, the important of exist motivation system and punishment system to
the neglected health care personnel.
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