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Table 5 Barriers to compliance of standard precautions

From: Knowledge of standard precautions and barriers to compliance among healthcare workers in the Lower Manya Krobo District, Ghana

Barriers to compliance of standard precautions Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always
F % F % F % F % F %
Compliance during emergency puts patients at risk 17 17.0 8 8.0 50 50 25 25.0 0 0
Complying with SP interferes with the ability to provide care 26 26.0 10 10.0 38 38.0 19 19.0 7 7.0
Exposure to infection is unanticipated 17 17.0 19 19.0 39 39.0 15 15.0 10 10.0
Patient care demands does not allow ample time to comply with SP 9 9.0 12 12.0 44 44.0 26 26.0 9 9.0
Unavailability of equipment 10 10.0 3 3.0 74 74.0 7 7.0 6 6.0
Patients do not pose a risk 25 25.0 12 12.0 38 38.0 17 17.0 8 8.0
Protective gear is uncomfortable 25 25.0 12 12.0 42 42.0 16 16.0 5 5.0
Ineffective equipment 10 10.0 12 12.0 60 60.0 12 12.0 6 6.0
Wearing protective equipment might cause fear in patients 19 19.0 11 11.0 63 63.0 4 4.0 3 3.0
PPE is not conveniently located to enable use 17 17.0 10 10.0 53 53.0 17 17.0 3 3.0
Practice of SP is time consuming 30 30.0 11 11.0 45 45.0 9 9.0 5 5.0
  1. Frequencies for this table are based on the sample size of 100 respondents
  2. F frequency, % percent, SP standard precautions, PPE personal protective equipment