Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : health care workers


Dr.G. Sasikala; Dr. Reena Rajan

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 972-978

Background: Microbial contamination of currency notes may act as fomites in the transmission of pathogenic organisms in the community. Aims & Objectives: The present study was done to isolate and identify bacterial pathogens from currency notes among hospital workers Materials & Methods: A sterile cotton swab soaked in sterile normal saline rubbed thoroughly on both surfaces of currency notes were inoculated on blood agar and Mac Conkeys agar and incubated aerobically at 37ºC for 24 hrs .Isolates were identified by standard biochemical methods. Results & Discussion: A total of 50 currency notes were included .72% notes showed polymicrobial contamination. Gram negative bacilli was the common isolate obtained followed by gram positive cocci. The most common gram negative isolate was Klebsiella spp (25.64%).The predominant gram positive cocci isolated was staphylococcus epidermidis (19.23%) Conclusion: Education on proper money handling practices should be done in order to raise awareness among health care workers to prevent the transmission of drug resistant nosocomial pathogens in the community.This study recommends safe hand hygiene practices after handling currency notes as contamination of currency notes poses risk of infection

Assessment Of Risk Factors For Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) In Health Workers

Kirmanj I Baker; Sabah M Zanagana; Nazar A Hasani; Suhaila S Tahir; Burhan O Rasheed; Amal A Rasheed; Mena A Darweesh; Abdulkarim M Ismail

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 6, Pages 254-266

Background: COVID-19 is a pandemic caused by novel Corona virus; it has infected millions of people and caused mortality of more than half million people around globe.
Objective: The study aimed to assess risk factors of infection with COVID-19 among health care workers (HCW) from different aspects.
Methods: A cross sectional study was applied based upon a WHO assessment protocol to explore the real facts and situation leading to Health Care Workers infections.
Results: The current study has shown that health care workers were often affected by the disease exploring that males and young age employees had predominantly higher percentage of infection.
Regarding the occupation, it was clear that doctors were the most often symptomatic (45%) of the total studied samples; 46% contracted the infection through contact with patients at work. Finally the study illustrated that only 46% tried their best to protect themselves from infection and 4 out of 44 cases denied the existence of the pandemic.
Conclusion: It was concluded that males were predominantly infected, patients with longer exposure had higher rate of infection and those properly using PPE had less chance to acquire the disease.

Management of waste during COVID-19 Pandemic – A Global Challenge

Dr. Durga Prasad Mudrakola; Dr. Neeraja Turagam; Dr. Priyadarshini Karthikeyan; Dr. Praveen Bhoopathi Haricharan; Dr.Bhavana Gandhi; Dr. Deepika Veldurthi

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 4635-4641

COVID-19 has affected numerous countries , rapidly spreading within a short duration forcing W.H.O to declare that it is now a global pandemic throwing which is throwing new challenge for prevention , treatment including the bio-waste management . At first, while the pandemic was progressing, and lockdowns imposed in many countries, public authorities and municipal waste operators had to rapidly acclimatize their waste management systems and procedures to the demand once they noticed the mode of spread. Management of bio-waste is one of the most crucial elements in preventing the spreading of illnesses and diseases. Present scientific research has been in consistent to relate that waste management and its role has a vector for the transmission of the SARS-CoV2 virus as this virus is new to the man kind but certain studies stress on the importance of proper biowaste management to contain the spread . The measures taken by the waste management workers on a daily basis are insufficient as the number of new cases requiring isolation and quarantine are on the rise and the rapid spreading nature that is air borne and some studies prove to be surface induced with increased the usage of PPE to prevent Covid-19 has thrown a more significant task to enable proper disposal of the current waste along with the waste being disposed of from households, industries, hospitals, and factories. The regulatory authorities should ensure proper waste management services and proper mechanism must be ensure in placed for the provision of basic services at every level for the well-being of the population and the best possible containment of the virus at the earliest .