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Table 5 Infection prevention and control practices

From: A health worker knowledge, attitudes and practices survey of SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention and control in South Africa

  Yes n (%) No n (%) Unsure n (%)
Participant received occupational health and safety training (N = 275) 141 (51.3) 126 (45.8) 8 (2.9)
Participant received infection prevention and control training (N = 275) 153 (55.6) 119 (43.3) 3 (1.1)
Participant received training on correct use of personal protective equipment (N = 274) 154 (56.2) 114 (41.6) 6 (2.2)
Infection prevention guidelines on COVID-19 available in participant’s department (N = 265) 193 (72.8) 48 (18.1) 24 (9.1)
Infection prevention posters on COVID-19 available in participant’s department (N = 271) 231 (85.3) 29 (10.7) 11 (4.1)
Access to medical masks in participant’s department (N = 272) 233 (85.7) 32 (11.8) 7 (2.6)
Access to respirators in participant’s department (N = 261) 133 (51.0) 110 (42.1) 18 (6.9)
Access to gloves in participant’s department (N = 274) 243 (88.7) 27 (9.9) 4 (1.5)
Access to soap and water in participant’s department (N = 271) 246 (90.8) 19 (7.0) 6 (2.2)
Access to alcohol-based hand rubs in participant’s department (N = 268) 244 (91.0) 20 (7.4) 4 (1.5)
Participant always practises hand hygiene (soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs after touching a patient (N = 264) 258 (97.7) 5 (1.9) 1 (0.4)
Participant always practises hand hygiene (soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs) after touching a patient’s surroundings (N = 269) 243 (90.3) 18 (6.7) 8 (3.0)
Participant cleans and disinfect equipment that is usually used for multiple patients (e.g. stethoscopes) prior to it being used on each new patient (N = 237) 195 (82.3) 24 (10.1) 18 (7.6)