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Table 2 Self-reported reusable medical equipment decontamination practice among nurses in Bale zone hospitals in 2018 (n = 272)

From: Decontamination of patient equipment: nurses’ self-reported decontamination practice in hospitals of southeast Ethiopia

Variables Response Frequency Percent (%)
Did you use all necessary PPE when you perform instrument processing (n = 273) Yes 196 71.8
No 77 28.2
Did you use Google/eye shield while you perform instrument processing for the last time (n = 196) Yes 42 21.4
No 154 78.6
Did you use heavy duty glove when you handle, clean and process contaminated medical equipment for the last time (n = 196) Yes 171 87.2
No 25 12.8
Did you use a mask when you clean and/or decontaminate reusable medical equipment for the last time (n = 196) Yes 57 29.1
No 139 70.9
When do you soak contaminated items after any medical or surgical procedure Immediately 49 17.9
Within 30 min 193 70.7
Within 1 h 31 11.4
I don’t soak at all 0 0
Did you always soaked contaminated equipment in 0.5% chlorine solution before you perform cleaning (n = 273) Yes 211 77.3
No 62 22.7
How long did you soak contaminated equipment in 0.5% chlorine solutions the last time (n = 211) 5 min and less 0 0
10 min 163 77.2
For 1 h 44 20.9
For 24 h 4 1.9
I don’t know 0 0
Do you regularly monitor the steam and/or dry sterilized (autoclaves) using chemical indicators (n = 273) Yes 54 19.8
No 219 80.2
Do you regularly monitor the steam and/or dry sterilized (autoclaves) using biological indicators at least every week (n = 273) Yes 0 0
No 273 100
Do you always label the type, time and date of decontaminating solution (n = 273) Yes 179 65.6
No 94 34.4
Overall decontamination practice Acceptable 134 49.1
Unacceptable 139 50.9