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Revista científica ciencias de la salud

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ACOSTA TORREANI, Ricardo et al. Knowledge and non-compliance of hand washing protocol of health staff in adult intensive care unit of Hospital Nacional de Itauguá. Rev. cient. cienc. salud [online]. 2019, vol.1, n.2, pp.1-7. ISSN 2664-2891.

Introduction. Infections in intensive care units is one of the main problems for the health system due to its high morbidity and mortality rate. Handwashing is one of the most effective, economical and accessible public health interventions to prevent disease and protect patient´s health. However, compliance by health workers is far from ideal.Objective. to determine degree of knowledge on handwashing of health personnel of the Adult Intensive Care Unit (UCIA) of the Hospital Nacional de Itauguá. Methodology. Observational, descriptive cross-sectional study, which included health personnel from the UCIA of the Hospital Nacional de Itauguá in the period March - October of 2018. Results.100% of the health personnel knew the importance of handwashing. However, 83% was unaware of the five moments established by World Health Organization (WHO), 69% considered that the lack of interest of the health personnel is the maincause.Conclusions. A high percentage of respondents informed that they are aware of the importance and compliance of hand washing but they do not take into account the WHOnormative.

Keywords : hand desinfection; asepsis; cross infection.

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