Mastery and glove use in nursing practice at the Hassan II University Teaching Hospital of Fes- Morocco
Keywords:personal protective equipment, infectious disease transmission, knowledge, attitudes, nurses, Morocco
Gloves are worn to protect hands from contamination and microorganisms; this measurement tries to isolate the hands of the healthcare workers to ensure a better protection, with an aim of minimizing the risk of transmission of infectious agents to patients. This survey aims at assessing knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards disposable gloves use among nursing staff at Hassan II University Teaching Hospital in Fez. This is a cross-sectional prospective and evaluative study that covers a two-month period. Data were collected using an anonymous and self-administered questionnaire. The population studied was quite young with 76,5% aged between 20-30 years. The results have shown that 264 (85.99%) of participants had received training in disposable gloves mastering. Moreover, 161 (52.3%) claimed to change always disposable gloves while moving from one patient to another. In contrast, 231 (75.2%) emphasized the need to change gloves each time they have been in contact with blood or other body fluids. However, the Studies by self- administered questionnaires, as is the case for our investigation, inform about self-declared claims and are not always related to practical implications Inappropriate glove use was frequently declared in this study. This survey showed a misconception of the risk in several practice situations, some good results of wearing gloves reflect this engendered feeling of individual protection.
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