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Standard Precautions for COVID-19: An Insight into the Awareness of Post Graduate Trainee Doctors Working At a Tertiary Level Dedicated COVID Hospital

Rupa Sharma, Gopal Lal Bunkar, Peeyush Damor, Anuja Vashistha, Pratap Bhan Kaushik.

"Background: The rapid and exten-sive spread of the COVID-19 pan-demic is a major concern for healthcare profession. Standard Precautions (SP) are the key to con-tain the spread. Adherence to exist-ing SP is mostly user dependent and it is affected by their awareness. The Post Graduate (PG) trainee doc-tors are the immediate caregivers in a Dedicated COVID Hospital. The objective was to assess their aware-ness of SP , identify gaps in knowledge to help in future capaci-ty building.
Methodology: The cross sectional study was conducted in June 2020 at RNT Medical College, Udaipur, Rajasthan on 115 PG trainees from all streams. The questionnaire was adapted from standard COVID-19 Outbreak Guidelines from MoHFW , India and Centre for Disease Pre-vention and Control (CDC) Descrip-tive statistics were performed based on the percentage of correct an-swers.
Results: Majority (54.8%) had only average awareness of SP . 62.6% displayed correct awareness of hand hygiene while it was much less for respiratory hygiene (12.2%),PPE donning16(13.9%)and doffing16(13.9%) and other ele-ments of SP.
Conclusions: Average and lesser awareness of SP elements among PG trainees is a matter of great con-cern, This indicates the need for fre-quent on going trainings on SP to be incorporated in the curriculum of the PG training program. "

Key words: COVID-19, Standard Precautions, Awareness, Post Graduate Trainee Doctors

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