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Table 3 Self-reported TB infection control practices

From: Factors associated with good TB infection control practices among primary healthcare workers in the Free State Province, South Africa

  Always Often Sometimes Never
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Personal Protective Equipment
 I use an N95 respirator when collecting sputum from a patient 106 (52.2) 27 (13.3) 44 (21.7) 26 (12.8)
 I use an N95 respirator in the TB consultation room 104 (50.0) 35 (16.8) 37 (17.8) 32 (15.4)
 I interact with patients while using a N95 respirator 111 (50.5) 30 (13.6) 49 (22.3) 30 (13.6)
Environmental
 I open windows when possible to increase natural ventilation 216 (95.2) 10 (4.4)   1 (0.4)
 I explain to patients why it is important to keep windows open 213 (91.8) 13 (5.6) 5 (2.2) 1 (0.4)
 I may turn off fans if they become too noisy or cause cold air to blow around 25 (10.7) 25 (10.7) 55 (23.6) 77 (32.6)
Administrative
 I order sputum specimens when I suspect TB 209 (95.2) 6 (2.7) 7 (3.1) 4 (1.8)
 Patients with suspected TB are isolated from other patients 107 (49.1) 24 (11.0) 39 (17.9) 48 (22.0)
 I ask each patient who enters the clinic if they are coughing and for how long 205 (88.7) 10 (4.3) 12 (5.2) 4 (1.7)
 I move TB suspects to a separate waiting area 113 (53.1) 28 (13.1) 28 (13.1) 44 (20.7)
 I move TB suspects to the front of the queue to minimise the amount of time that they spend in the waiting area around other patients 159 (70.9) 27 (12.3) 22 (10.0) 15 (6.8)
 I give tissues/surgical masks to coughing patients 145 (67.1) 22 (10.2) 30 (13.9) 19 (8.8)