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.
- Hand hygiene
- Healthcare associated infections
- Medical students
- Nursing students
- Standard precautions knowledge
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