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Table 4 Respondents evidence-based practices for preventing HCV infection in HCWs and patients in HDU

From: Healthcare workers and prevention of hepatitis C virus transmission: exploring knowledge, attitudes and evidence-based practices in hemodialysis units in Italy

  Correct practice
  N %
Use of gloves
When putting patients on dialysis (322) 310 96.3
When taking patients off dialysis (322) 306 95
Whenever weighing patients (322) 285 88.5
Whenever providing patient care (322) 228 70.8
When preparing the machine (322) 205 63.7
When touching care equipment (322) 162 50.3
Replacement of gloves
For each patient (322) 318 98.8
Before administering intravenous medications (322) 234 72.7
Whenever preparing the machine (322) 192 59.6
Handwashing
Immediately after gloves are removed (320) 298 93.1
Immediately before gloves are weared (320) 214 66.9
Immediately after the machine is prepared (320) 212 66.2
Handling of non disposable items and monitoring equipment
Nondisposable items and monitoring equipment cleaned and disinfected after use on one patient (299) 186 62.2
Dedicate to a single patient items that can not be easily disinfected (302) 97 32.1
Individual protective equipment
Wear mask when splattering of blood onto face is possible (298) 255 85.6
Wear protective eyewear when splattering of blood into the eyes is possible (298) 243 81.5
Wear gown when splattering of blood onto clothes is possible (298) 174 58.4
Wear cap when splattering of blood onto head is possible (298) 91 30.5
Prepare medications in a room or area separated from the patient treatment area (310) 97 31.3
  1. The number of subjects responding to the questions are in parentheses.
  2. HCV = hepatitis C virus.
  3. HDU = hemodialysis units.