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Table 2 Compliance with the PPE usage, hand hygiene, and IPC measures among nurses at Alexandria Main University Hospital, 2021 (n-354)

From: Nurses’ perception and compliance with personal protective equipment and hand hygiene during the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic

  Response No. %
Compliance with PPE usage
 Wear PPE at work All times at worka 212 59.9
Only when contact with patient 142 40.1
 Wear respirators (FFP3/2, N95)1. Always, often 5.0 1.4
Never, rarely, sometimes 349 98.6
 Wear surgical mask 1. Always, often 321 90.7
Never, rarely, sometimes 33 9.3
 Wear Face shield 1. Always, often 5.0 1.4
Never, rarely, sometimes 349 98.6
 Wear goggles Always, often 5.0 1.4
  Never, rarely, sometimes 349 98.6
 Wear medical gown (level 3 or 4)1. Always, often 34 9.6
Never, rarely, sometimes 349 90.4
 Wear gloves 1. Always, often 312 88.1
Never, rarely, sometimes 42 11.9
Extended PPE usage
 Face mask No 3 0.8
Yes, per sessionb 351 99.2
 Gloves No 347 98
Yes, per sessionb 7 2.0
Donning and doffing PPE
 Steps for donning PPE Compliant 226 63.8
Not compliant 128 36.2
 Steps for doffing PPE Compliant 272 76.8
Not compliant 82 23.2
Hand wash with soap and water
 Steps and duration of hand wash Compliant 200 56.5
Not compliant 154 43.5
Specific IPC measures
 Not to report to work when having fever, or other symptoms No 8.0 2.3
Always, most of times 346 97.7
 Maintain physical distancing (6-feet) at work even in non-patient care areas. No 98 27.7
Always, most of time 256 72.3
 Postpone elective time-off No 93 26.3
Always, most of time 261 73.7
Overall compliance
  Good compliance 290 81.9
  Poor compliance 64 18.1
  1. Abbreviations: PPE Personal protective equipment, IPC Infection prevention and control; aEven in non-patient areas, bA single session is a period of time where a healthcare worker is undertaking duties in a specific clinical care setting or exposure environment, for example during a ward round