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Perception of knowledge regarding the use of personal protection elements for COVID-19 in colombian healthcare workers.
Corresponding Author(s) : Alexander Trujillo
Ciencia e Innovación en Salud,
Background: Poor knowledge about the use of personal protection elements against COVID-19 can increase the contagion between health workers and patients. The objective of the study was to determine the perception of knowledge and sources of information on the use of personal protection elements against COVID-19 among health professionals in Colombia and the source of supply of these elements. Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was carried out using a survey instrument directed at Colombian health professionals between March 29 and May 2, 2020. The data were collected online using Google Forms and were subjected to descriptive statistical procedures and relational for categorical and numerical variables. A value of p (α) <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: 779 responses were obtained from health professionals from 48 cities in Colombia. Most said they had adequate knowledge about the use of personal protection elements, however, 39.4% said they had inadequate knowledge, 25.3% were uncertain about which elements to use according to their degree of exposure and 10.8 % said they did not have personal protection elements. There was a statistically significant association between the type of employment relationship and the perception of the degree of education in the use of personal protection elements (p = 0.001, X2 = 21.7). Conclusions: Measures should be taken to improve the training and provision of personal protection elements among health professionals who attend the COVID-19 pandemic in Colombia.
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