STANDARD PRECAUTIONS: REVISITING THE KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE AMONG EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT STAFF IN NORTHEASTERN MALAYSIA

Authors

  • F Hashairi Emergency Medicine Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia
  • CH Fauzi Emergency Medicine Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia
  • KS Chew Emergency Medicine Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia
  • NAR Nik Hisamuddin Emergency Medicine Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia

Abstract

Background: Standard Precaution (SP) is a very important health issue that has not been well-emphasized. The outcome of not following the SP is a serious problem that can lead to the blood-borne infection. Methods: A set of self-administered anonymous questionnaire were given to all healthcare personnel in 4 selected Emergency Department (ED), hospital in Kelantan to assess the knowledge and practice of standard precaution. Results: Almost half of the healthcare personnel were having a good knowledge 115 (57.8%) and good practice 156 (78.4%) towards SP. For those who did not comply with SP, complained oflackoftime as the main reason (38.5%) followed by interference with their work (29.2% ). There was no significant difference between presence of Emergency Physician or not in ED with the compliance towards SP. Conclusion: Though majority of the healthcare personnel in ED possessed a good level of knowledge and practice towards SP, the staff compliance should be revised regularly wherever necessary to improve the precautions.

Keywords:

Standard precaution, Emergency Department, Malaysian Nurse

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F Hashairi, CH Fauzi, KS Chew, & NAR Nik Hisamuddin. (2013). STANDARD PRECAUTIONS: REVISITING THE KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE AMONG EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT STAFF IN NORTHEASTERN MALAYSIA. The Malaysian Journal of Nursing (MJN), 4(3), 42-45. Retrieved from https://ejournal.lucp.net/index.php/mjn/article/view/571