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Hospital acquired infection (HAI) is a frequent and serious burden in Palestine. HAIs
increase the morbidity and mortality rates and cause longer hospital stays and higher
costs. Anesthetic equipments are potential vectors for HAIs and anesthiologists themselves
may act as vectors for the transmission of such diseases. This is particularly important
when performing invasive procedures and when there is a risk of contact with blood
and other body fluids.
This study was conducted to explore the attitudes of anesthesia residents and specialists
towards infection control (IC) standards and training in Palestine.
A multi-centre, cross-sectional, descriptive study, using a self-administered questionnaire,
was conducted in January-March 2015. Participants’ needs regarding IC training material
and programs policies were examined using 48 items questionnaire. SPSS was used for
Fifty-seven anesthesia doctors from nine governmental and private hospitals in West
Bank responded to our survey. Most participants were male (93%) of them 66.7% were
residents, and 29.8% were specialists. 61.4% had a postgraduate degree (master, diploma,
PhD). One third of the respondents reported the absence of an infection control program
in their departments. Interestingly, only one quarter of participants had infection
control training inside and/or outside the hospital. 67.3% reported no access to an
IC manual while 46.4% do not know about the presence of IC manual. The majority (98.2%)
has indicated that a qualified IC training is needed.
IC teaching programs should be urgently introduced and implemented in the Palestinian
training curriculum for anesthiologists and anesthesia doctors in training. Access
to an up-to-date IC training manual should be addressed to provide access to the best
knowledge and practices of IC standards.
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