Original Research Article
Year: 2018 | Month: May | Volume: 8 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 192-195
A Study on Knowledge Regarding the Handling of Sharps among Health Care Personnel in a Selected Hospital, Mangaluru
Ms Ann Mariya Peter1, Ms Joshitha Jose1, Ms Patricia Rashmi D’Souza1, Ms Priya Thomas1,
Mr Rajeeve Mathew2, Mrs Jacintha Valder3
1Former UG Students (IV B.sc nursing), Father Muller College of Nursing
2Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health Nursing, Father Muller College of Nursing
3Lecturer, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Father Muller College of Nursing
Corresponding Author: Mr Rajeeve Mathew
Background of the study: A sharp comprises syringes, needles, lancets, broken glass and any other materials that can pierce the skin. After usage it gets contaminated with microorganisms as well it can penetrate the skin which makes this waste as very dangerous in health care. Various infections are spread due to no proper handling of sharps.  The aims of the study are to assess the knowledge regarding the handling of sharps among health care personnel and to find the association of health care personnel’s knowledge regarding the handling of sharps with selected baseline variables.
Methodology: The study was conducted among 75 health care personnel at Father Muller Medical College Hospital, Mangalore. The sample was selected using quota sampling technique and data was collected using Knowledge questionnaire on handling of sharps. The data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: The findings of the study show that majority 78.66% had very good knowledge, 14.66% had excellent knowledge and 6.66% had average knowledge regarding handling of sharps. There was no significant association of health care personnel’s knowledge regarding handling of sharps with selected baseline variables.
Conclusion: The findings of the study reveal that majority of the samples had very good knowledge on handling of sharps and there was no significant association of health care personnel’s knowledge regarding handling of sharps with the selected baseline variables.
Key words:Knowledge; Handing of Sharps; health care personnel;