Assessment knowledge, attitude and practice regarding personal protective equipment of COVID-19 among nurses working in Tikur Anbessa specialized hospital operation room and intensive care unit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Addis Abeba University


Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread between people through direct, indirect, or close contact with infected people via mouth and nose secretions. Facility cleaning, regular and proper handwashing, respiratory hygiene and etiquette, advice on national travel, emphasis on staying at home for infection containment, events and meeting arrangement rules, case notification and management, and proper use of face masks are the prevention methods of this pandemic. PPE is a physical barrier worn by HCWs to prevent spreading of a pathogen from either a suspected or confirmed case or a pathologic specimen. Objective: To assess level of knowledge, attitude and practices and associated factors of Intensive care unit and operation rooms nurse’s towards use of personal protective equipment to prevent COVID-19 in Tikur Anbesa Specialized hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Method: A cross sectional study was conducted between September and November 2020 among 113 nurse professionals working in TASH OR and ICU department. Data was collected using self-administered structured questionnaire. Data entry, analysis and quality of data were maintained by SPSS version 25 software. Level of statistical significance was set at p<0.05. Result: Of 113 total respondents, 62(54.9%) were female and the age of participant’s lies between 20 - 55. Almost half of the participants does not gate training related to COVID-19. The overall mean knowledge score of participants was 63.8 (SD ± 19.8), mean attitude score was 64.68 (SD ± 16.1), and mean practice score was 64.7 (SD ± 22.8). There were strong association between work experience and training status on knowledge score (p=0.005 and 0.002 respectively). Similarly, work experience, training status and knowledge on PPE were association factors that affected nurses’ attitude towards PPE. In addition, educational status (p= 0.026) and knowledge on PPE (p=0.003) were significantly associated with practice score of nurses on PPE. Conclusion: One nurses out of three had good knowledge, and half of the participant had, favorable attitude and good practice. Work experience and training on PPE were factors that affects both knowledge and attitude of nurses towards PPE. knowledge on PPE affected both attitude and practice of nurses on personal protective equipment.



Equipment , COVID-19 , Nurses