Knowledge of hand hygiene practices among students of ESIC medical college, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India


  • Vinod S. Kamble Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka
  • Santosh M. Biradar Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka
  • Aparna Takpere Department of Microbiology, Shri B. M. Patil Medical College, Bijapur, Karnataka
  • Shrinivas Reddy Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka



Hand hygiene, Rubbing, Washing, Infection, Medical students


Background: Hand hygiene prevents cross-transmission of microorganisms and reduces the incidence of health care associated infections. Compliance with hand hygiene among health care providers is as low as 40%. My five moments for hand hygiene by World Health Organization has helped to address the problem to good extent. Hence a study was done to know the medical students knowledge, about hand washing using WHO hand hygiene questionnaire for health care workers so that appropriate measures can be taken to promote hand washing compliance.

Methods:Cross sectional study was carried out on IInd MBBS students. All the students (55) present on the day of data collection were included in the study. Data was collected by using WHO hand hygiene questionnaire and analysed using percentages.

Results: Study showed moderate knowledge about hand hygiene practice among the medical students.

Conclusions:Hand hygiene awareness amongst students can be achieved by conducting awareness programs.


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How to Cite

Kamble, V. S., Biradar, S. M., Takpere, A., & Reddy, S. (2017). Knowledge of hand hygiene practices among students of ESIC medical college, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 3(1), 94–98.



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