Dennis Justin M. Alvarez,
Mary Antonette L. Aquino,
Rodela N. Bation,
Judge Jan R. Diaz,
Flordelis F. Enjambre,
Maria Odessa R. Eslet,
Pamela Therese A. Lim,
Maureen B. Mendez,
Thirza Denise D. Quioco,
Jerabelle Marie D. Revilles
College of Medicine - University of Cebu - Banilad Campus - University of Cebu
INTRODUCTION: Statistics show that a hospital is one of the most hazardous places to work. Thus, health and safety practices of the janitorial personnel in a hospital is a top priority. Training in health and safety should ensure that workers know and understand the potential risks associated with health-care waste, the value of personal hygiene, the precautionary measure in handling potentially hazardous substances, and the importance of immunization and of consistent use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
METHODS: The study determined the health and safety practices including the different factors such as the sociodemographic profile of the respondents and their awareness and knowledge about proper health and safety practices using the Descriptive Survey design.
RESULTS: The janitorial personnel were mostly female age 31-35. Most, have been working in University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed) for less than a year and works more than four shifts a week. About 93% agree that they should perform hand hygiene after being exposed to fluids and 88% agree that they should perform hand hygiene after being in the immediate vicinity of the patients. Most, change their gloves before (93%) and after (95%) coming into contact with the patient;s surroundings. Around 41% are immunized for at least one type of communicable disease while the remaining 59% does not remember or have no immunization. Of all the immunizations that they have, most of the respondents had tetanus immunization (16%).
CONCLUSION: Most of the respondents follow the hand hygiene protocol set by the World Health Organization (WHO). There is also high adherence to the use of PPE and proper waste disposal. However, problem arise with their immune status for many of them either does not remember or have no immunization at all.
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