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Article: Handwashing practice and the use of personal protective equipment among medical students after the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong

TitleHandwashing practice and the use of personal protective equipment among medical students after the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsReferences (28) View In Table Layout
Issue Date2005
PublisherMosby, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ajic
Citation
American Journal Of Infection Control, 2005, v. 33 n. 10, p. 580-586 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Hand hygiene is an important element of infection control. We conducted 2 surveys on hand hygiene practices and use of personal protective equipment among medical students during and after the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to study its impact on their personal hygiene practice when they contacted patients. Methods: Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted among medical students in their clinical training years (years 3-5) in a teaching hospital (at which the first and major SARS outbreak occurred) in March 2003 and August 2004, respectively. Results: Prior to the recognition of the SARS outbreak in March 2003, 35.2% of the students washed their hands before and 72.5% after they physically examined patients in the wards. None of the students wore masks during history taking and physical examination. In the 2004 survey, the corresponding proportions were 60.3% and 100%, respectively, and 86.1% and 93.8% of students wore masks during history taking and physical examination, respectively. Attitudes to handwashing and perception of infection risk were not significantly associated with handwashing practice, whereas peer behavior might be a significant influencing factor. Conclusion: A significant improvement in compliance with hand hygiene practice was found after the SARS outbreak. Copyright © 2005 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/92553
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.995
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.259
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dc.contributor.authorWong, TWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTam, WWSen_HK
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dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAmerican Journal Of Infection Control, 2005, v. 33 n. 10, p. 580-586en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0196-6553en_HK
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dc.description.abstractBackground: Hand hygiene is an important element of infection control. We conducted 2 surveys on hand hygiene practices and use of personal protective equipment among medical students during and after the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to study its impact on their personal hygiene practice when they contacted patients. Methods: Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted among medical students in their clinical training years (years 3-5) in a teaching hospital (at which the first and major SARS outbreak occurred) in March 2003 and August 2004, respectively. Results: Prior to the recognition of the SARS outbreak in March 2003, 35.2% of the students washed their hands before and 72.5% after they physically examined patients in the wards. None of the students wore masks during history taking and physical examination. In the 2004 survey, the corresponding proportions were 60.3% and 100%, respectively, and 86.1% and 93.8% of students wore masks during history taking and physical examination, respectively. Attitudes to handwashing and perception of infection risk were not significantly associated with handwashing practice, whereas peer behavior might be a significant influencing factor. Conclusion: A significant improvement in compliance with hand hygiene practice was found after the SARS outbreak. Copyright © 2005 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherMosby, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ajicen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAmerican Journal of Infection Controlen_HK
dc.subjectReferences (28) View In Table Layouten_HK
dc.titleHandwashing practice and the use of personal protective equipment among medical students after the SARS epidemic in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailTam, WWS: wwstam@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ajic.2005.05.025en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume33en_HK
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