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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-46

Nursing students' knowledge and practice of infection control in burns and medical-surgical units at the University of Benin teaching hospital, Nigeria, 2019

1 Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Benin Teaching Hospital Benin City, Nigeria
2 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, School of Post Basic Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba, Lagos State, Nigeria
3 Department of Nursing, School of Clinical Medicine, Oba Okunade Sijuade College of Health Sciences, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Mr. Olaolorunpo Olorunfemi
Department of Medical.Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JNMS.JNMS_40_19

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Context: Nursing students form a larger percentage among the health-care team. Therefore, for any infection control policies in the hospital to be effective; they must be put into consideration. Aims: This study sought to find out the level of knowledge and practice of infection control (KPIC) among student nurses posted to Medical-Surgical and Burns Unit, and also determine if knowledge level will statistically predict the practice of infection control. Settings and Design: This cross-sectional study was conducted on student nurses posted to Burns and Medical-Surgical Unit of University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, 2019. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted among 100 student nurses who were posted to Medical-Surgical and Burn Units through census method and KPIC questionnaires were administered. Statistical Analysis Used: Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Spearman's correlation coefficient at 0.05 significant levels. Results: The nursing students had low knowledge and do not practice infection prevention with mean score of 15.38 (3.32) and 14.17 (2.80), respectively. The result also revealed that there is a significant relationship between KPIC among nursing students using Spearman's correlation coefficient, which showed P < 0.001. Conclusion: The level of KPIC measures was poor among nursing students, and those who are knowledgeable about infection control also have high compliance to infection control; we, therefore, recommend laborious training on infection control measures of nursing students prior to clinical posting.

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