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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-39

Specimen collection: The art of laboratory science among the clinicians


1 Department of Microbiology, J N Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Microbiology, SRMSIMS, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, J N Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, J N Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Department of Surgery, J N Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Hiba Sami
Department of Microbiology, SRMSIMS, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpsic.jpsic_9_17

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Background: Specimen collection plays an important role in getting timely and accurate results of the investigation required for diagnosis. It is therefore important to develop systems and routine to increase knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) among health-care workers regarding proper specimen collection, transport and promote cost-effectiveness. This study was conducted to assess and increase the awareness about the importance of proper specimen collection and evaluate the 'KAP' about the compliance with proper specimen collection among post-graduate students of a tertiary care hospital in India. Materials and Methods: A semi-structured questionnaire, pre-tested, self-administered, was used to access the KAP about specimen collection among resident doctors in our institution. The study population comprised resident doctors from different departments including microbiology, medicine, paediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology and others. Results: A total of 86 residents took part in the study. Overall knowledge of doctors was found good, but there were gross deficiencies in the KAP of resident doctors in areas of universal precautions, proper collection of specimens, part preparation for specimen collection, safety precaution, disinfection of working area, handling of blood and body fluid, hand washing, disposal of waste, handling and transport of specimens, dealing with sharp injury, dealing with blood spillage and hospital infection control practices. Conclusion: A better understanding of infection control and hand hygiene among medical students and clinicians could play a major role in curbing disease transmission. This will help design an educational intervention programme which will further help identify problem areas in specimen culture.


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