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Attitudes of influenza-vaccinated health care workers toward masks to prevent nosocomial transmission of influenza.
Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2011 Jan; 5(1):61-6.IO

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Influenza viruses are highly contagious. Health care workers (HCWs) are at risk of occupational exposure to influenza and may transmit the infection to their patients and coworkers.

OBJECTIVES

The aim of the study was to characterize the attitudes of HCWs regarding the use of surgical masks to prevent nosocomial influenza transmission. Furthermore, we assessed the informational needs of HCWs with regard to infection control measures.

METHODS

A survey was conducted among HCWs, using an anonymous questionnaire, at a German University Hospital during an influenza vaccination campaign.

RESULTS

Overall, 40·5% of the HCWs were vaccinated against seasonal influenza, and 35·2% were vaccinated against Influenza A/H1N1 ("swine flu"). In total, 1445 vaccinees completed the anonymous questionnaire. Of all respondents, 70·5% stated that the infection control recommendation "wearing a surgical" mask was appropriate to avoid influenza transmission. The percentage of HCWs who would like to have had more information about the infection control measures was 67·5%.

CONCLUSIONS

Appropriate interventions ought to be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to influenza viruses among HCWs. Adherence to recommendations for the use of masks among HCWs needs to be evaluated. Further work is required to highlight the informational needs of HCWs to gain an appreciation of infection control measures.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Hospital of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21138542

Citation

Brandt, Christian, et al. "Attitudes of Influenza-vaccinated Health Care Workers Toward Masks to Prevent Nosocomial Transmission of Influenza." Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, vol. 5, no. 1, 2011, pp. 61-6.
Brandt C, Rabenau HF, Wicker S. Attitudes of influenza-vaccinated health care workers toward masks to prevent nosocomial transmission of influenza. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2011;5(1):61-6.
Brandt, C., Rabenau, H. F., & Wicker, S. (2011). Attitudes of influenza-vaccinated health care workers toward masks to prevent nosocomial transmission of influenza. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 5(1), 61-6. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-2659.2010.00174.x
Brandt C, Rabenau HF, Wicker S. Attitudes of Influenza-vaccinated Health Care Workers Toward Masks to Prevent Nosocomial Transmission of Influenza. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2011;5(1):61-6. PubMed PMID: 21138542.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attitudes of influenza-vaccinated health care workers toward masks to prevent nosocomial transmission of influenza. AU - Brandt,Christian, AU - Rabenau,Holger F, AU - Wicker,Sabine, Y1 - 2010/08/24/ PY - 2010/12/9/entrez PY - 2010/12/9/pubmed PY - 2011/3/9/medline SP - 61 EP - 6 JF - Influenza and other respiratory viruses JO - Influenza Other Respir Viruses VL - 5 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Influenza viruses are highly contagious. Health care workers (HCWs) are at risk of occupational exposure to influenza and may transmit the infection to their patients and coworkers. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to characterize the attitudes of HCWs regarding the use of surgical masks to prevent nosocomial influenza transmission. Furthermore, we assessed the informational needs of HCWs with regard to infection control measures. METHODS: A survey was conducted among HCWs, using an anonymous questionnaire, at a German University Hospital during an influenza vaccination campaign. RESULTS: Overall, 40·5% of the HCWs were vaccinated against seasonal influenza, and 35·2% were vaccinated against Influenza A/H1N1 ("swine flu"). In total, 1445 vaccinees completed the anonymous questionnaire. Of all respondents, 70·5% stated that the infection control recommendation "wearing a surgical" mask was appropriate to avoid influenza transmission. The percentage of HCWs who would like to have had more information about the infection control measures was 67·5%. CONCLUSIONS: Appropriate interventions ought to be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to influenza viruses among HCWs. Adherence to recommendations for the use of masks among HCWs needs to be evaluated. Further work is required to highlight the informational needs of HCWs to gain an appreciation of infection control measures. SN - 1750-2659 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21138542/Attitudes_of_influenza_vaccinated_health_care_workers_toward_masks_to_prevent_nosocomial_transmission_of_influenza_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-2659.2010.00174.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -