Dr. Hanaa youssry is a associate professor of medical surgical nursing. she is a certified international professional trainer. she worked as a head oh the quality assurance unit at faculty of nursing-cairo university.
Aims: To assess nursing staffs' knowledge, practice and attitude regarding the prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission in hemodialysis units (HDUs). Design. A descriptive exploratory study was utilized to fulfill the aim of the study. Subjects. A convenient sample consisted of all hemodialysis nurses (55 nurses) in three HD units at Cairo University Hospital, Egypt. Methods. Two instruments were designed to collect date pertinent to the study: a) Self-administered questionnaire to assess the subjects’ level of knowledge, and b) Observational checklist, used to assess subjects’ level of practice and attitude. Results. Showed that (54.5%) of the studied subjects have got a satisfactory level of knowledge regarding prevention of HCV transmission, while all of them (100%) have got an unsatisfactory level of practice related to prevention of HCV transmission in HD units. Recommendations. The urgent in-service training program should be designed and implemented regularly to all hemodialysis nurses.
Keywords: Nurses’ knowledge, Practice, Hepatitis C virus prevention, Hemodialysis units.