Knowledge and Practice of doctors and Nurses in ICU About Personal Protective equipment at Alribat university Hospital

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Napata College
Background: Personal protective equipment are designed to protect health care providers from serious workplace injuries or illnesses. Personal protective equipment provides a physical barrier between microorganism and wearer. Objective: This study aimed to evaluate knowledge and practice among doctors and nurses regarding personal protective equipment in El Ribat Hospital. Method: This study was a descriptive cross sectional study conducted in El Ribat University Hospital during December 2019 to February 2020. All ICU staff including doctors and nurses The researchers used a well designed valid questionnaire. The data were analyzed by computerized program; statistical package for social sciences (SPSS). Results: the study found that 27(37.5%) of participants were male, while 45(62.5%) were female. the average availability of protection tools in hospital was 60%. Availability of medical showed was 35%, while availability of gloves was 84%. 50(69.4%) of participants had weak knowledge, 18(25%) had moderate knowledge, while 4(5.6%) had strong knowledge. 76.9%) of doctors had weak knowledge while 65.2%) of nurses had weak knowledge. And 0% of doctors had strong knowledge while 8.75) of nurses had strong knowledge. This differences between doctors and knowledge was not significant (P. Value >0.05). low practice was 0%, moderate practice was 53(73.6%), while high practice was 19(26.4%). there was significant differences between practice of nurses and practice of doctors, nurses had higher levels of practice than doctors. Conclusion: The present study concluded that level of knowledge among ICU staff doctors and nurses was lower than previous studies. No statistically significant differences between knowledge of nurses. The level of practice was similar to the previous studies, nurses are significantly more compliance with PPEs than doctors. Knowledge was significantly associated with qualification and availability of tools, while practice just significantly associated with availability of tools.