Aim: Healthcare staff may be exposed to many risks as part of their profession. Infection control and prevention measures aim to reduce risks to the hospital and healthcare staff. This study evaluated knowledge and attitude of healthcare staff for hand hygiene and exposure to contaminated materials
Material and Metod: The descriptive study was conducted among healthcare staff, who provide volunteering to participate in the survey study. The survey forms covering subject-related knowledge and attitude of the healthcare staff were used to obtain data. The study was conducted with 85 participants.
Results: In this study, the number of applying hand hygiene was grouped as "50 and below" and "50 and above," and the rates were detected as 49% and 51% respectively. While the occupation group that complied with hand hygiene the most in the unit of work was asked, the answers were as follows: nurses 81%, physicians 11%, and cleaning staff 8%. The question about the primary purpose of washing hands was answered as to protect oneself (66%) and to prevent transporting microorganisms (34%).
Discussion: It is not easy to systematically measure belief and compliance; however, it is important and useful to evaluate training needs of healthcare staff with questionnaires and observations at certain intervals and to organize in-service training programs continuously. This study has shown that there are still details to be corrected in terms of practices and attitudes despite training provided, and it is necessary to cover these details in training, and the continuity of these studies should be ensured.