Hand Hygiene Facilities in the Clinical Laboratories of a Tertiary Health Facility in a Lassa Fever Endemic Country
American Journal of Laboratory Medicine
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2018, Pages: 25-29
Received: Feb. 1, 2018; Accepted: Apr. 8, 2018; Published: Jul. 17, 2018
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Olusegun Adesola Busari, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Opeyemi James Oje, Department of Food Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Babajide Adeleke, Department of Chemical Pathology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria
Olusogo Ebenezer Busari, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Olusegun Emanuel Gabriel, Department of Family Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria
Segun Matthew Agboola, Department of Family Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria
Adebara Idowu Oluseyi, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria
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Hand hygiene is a general term referring to any action of hand cleansing. It basically includes hand washing and hand rubbing. It is considered the most important simple measure for preventing the spread of pathogens generally and particularly in health-care setting. The objective of the survey was to evaluate the availability and accessibility of hand hygiene facilities in the clinical laboratories of a tertiary health facility in south west Nigeria. A previously used survey checklist assessing the condition of sink and other hand hygiene facilities in a health care setting was further modified and employed for data collection. Descriptive data analysis was done by calculating the frequencies. There were sixteen sinks in the laboratories where the survey was conducted. All the sixteen sinks were accessible to the users and were physically intact. Four (25%) of the sinks had damaged draining pipes. Half of the sinks had hand-held faucet. There was no sink with automated faucet. None of the faucets had water flowing when turned on at the time of the survey. Also, none had water flowed through it in the past 72 hours prior the survey according to users’ interview. Soap was available in only 6 (37.5%) of the sinks and there was no hand rub/ hand disinfectant or hand drying materials available. The survey has shown that there was a gross lack of hand hygiene facilities in the clinical laboratories of the tertiary health facility. There is an urgent need for critical stakeholders in the health sector to give policy and financial priority to provision of adequate modern hand hygiene facilities in all health care settings.
Hand Hygiene Facilities, Clinical Laboratories, Hospital-Acquired Infections, Lassa Fever Endemic Setting
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Olusegun Adesola Busari, Opeyemi James Oje, Babajide Adeleke, Olusogo Ebenezer Busari, Olusegun Emanuel Gabriel, Segun Matthew Agboola, Adebara Idowu Oluseyi, Hand Hygiene Facilities in the Clinical Laboratories of a Tertiary Health Facility in a Lassa Fever Endemic Country, American Journal of Laboratory Medicine. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2018, pp. 25-29. doi: 10.11648/j.ajlm.20180302.11
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