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Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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Knowledge, attitude and practice of aspects of laboratory safety in pathology laboratories at the university of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

AA Ejilemele, AC Ojulu

Abstract


Objective: To assess current knowledge, attitudes and practice of aspects of laboratory safety in pathology laboratories at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in view of perceived inadequacies in safety practices in clinical laboratories in developing countries.

Materials and Methods: Sixty (60) self- administered questionnaires were distributed to all cadres of staff in four (4) different laboratories (Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Blood bank and Medical Microbiology) at the Hospital.

Result: Gross deficiencies were found in the knowledge, attitudes and practice of laboratory safety by laboratory staff in areas of use of personal protective equipment, specimen collection and processing, centrifuge – related hazards, infective hazards waste disposal and provision and use of First Aid Kits.

Conclusion: Issues peraning to laboratory safety are not yet give adequate attention by both employers and employees in developing countries in this ear of resurgence of diseases such as HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis Band C, is emphasized.

Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol. 8(2) 2005: 102-106



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