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Table 5 Number and percentage of Hospital sections not adhering to the guidelines for preventing occupational exposure to HIV infection (N = 23)

From: Estimated risk of HIV acquisition and practice for preventing occupational exposure: a study of healthcare workers at Tumbi and Dodoma Hospitals, Tanzania

Practice Tumbi Hospital sections Dodoma Hospital sections Total Hospital sections
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Lack of health and safety signs/posters/instructions 5 (41.7) 8 (72.7) 13 (56.5)
Lack of protocol/guidelines for prevention and management of occupational exposure to HIV 7 (58.3) 5 (45.5) 12 (52.2)
Inappropriate use of colour coded plastic bags/containers/safety boxes for waste materials 1 (8.3) 4 (36.4) 5 (21.7)
Poor hand washing (not washing at all or washing after procedure only) 2 (16.7) 1 (9.1) 3 (13.0)
Inappropriate use of gloves 1 (8.3) 8 (72.7)* 9 (39.1)
Not wearing boots 4 (33.3) 3 (27.3) 7 (30.4)
Not wearing aprons 6 (50.0) 5 (45.5) 11 (47.8)
Not wearing protective eye glasses 7 (58.3) 7 (63.6) 14 (60.9)
Lack of displayed instructions for handling infectious/hazardous materials 10 (83.3) 7 (63.6) 17 (73.9)
  1. *P = 0.003 (Chi-Square test).