Prevention of healthcare associated infections: Medical and nursing students' knowledge in italy

Daniela D'Alessandro, Antonella Agodi, Francesco Auxilia, Silvio Brusaferro, Laura Calligaris, Margherita Ferrante, Maria Teresa Montagna, Ida Mura, Christian Napoli, Cesira Pasquarella, Elena Righi, Angelo Rossini, Valentina Semeraro, Stefano Tardivo

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Background: The training of health workers is a key issue for the prevention of healthcare associated infections. Objectives: To evaluate knowledge of nursing and medical students concerning the prevention of healthcare associated infections. Design: A cross-sectional study. Setting: University hospitals in nine Italian cities. Participants: One thousand four hundred sixty one healthcare students (607 medical students and 854 nursing students). Methods: The study was performed using a questionnaire investigating 3 areas, each having different possible points: standard precautions=12; hand hygiene=8; healthcare associated infections=5, for an overall perfect score of 25. Scores that met a cutoff ≥. 17.5 were considered to be indicative of an acceptable level of knowledge. Factors associated with an acceptable level of knowledge were analyzed using a logistic regression model. Results: Mean overall score (±. SD) was 18.1. ±. 3.2. Nursing students (18.6. ±. 2.9) obtained a higher overall score than medical students (17.4. ±. 3.5) (p.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-195
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Hand hygiene
  • Healthcare associated infections
  • Italy
  • Medical students
  • Nursing students
  • Standard precautions knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Medicine(all)


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