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Table 4 The distribution of health professionals by their tuberculosis infection control practice in public health facilities, Addis Ababa, 2014 (n = 582)

From: Assessment of knowledge and practice of health workers towards tuberculosis infection control and associated factors in public health facilities of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: A cross-sectional study

Practice item Always N (%) Sometimes N (%) Never N (%)
Facilities leaders monitor and evaluate HWs on TBIC. 156 (26.8) 226 (38.8) 199 (34.2)
Follow TB treatment guideline to treat smear positive pt. 363 (62.4) 119 (20.4) 99 (17.2)
Opening window when TB suspected pts is in the room. 473 (81.3) 78 (13.4) 31 (5.3)
Using mask when approaching TB suspected patient. 292 (50.2) 170 (29.2) 120 (20.6)
giving priority patients coughing in waiting area 404 (69.4) 111 (19.1) 67 (11.5)
Educating TB suspected pts how to cough and sneezing. 470 (80.8) 71 (12.2) 41 (7)
Proper use of fan if available. 382 (65.9) 94 (16.2) 104 (17.9)
Health worker screening for TB after contact with TB pts 417 (71.9) 106 (18.3) 57 (9.8)
Availability of designated sputum produced area for TB pts 297 (51.1) 136 (23.4) 148 (25.5)
Use AFB as diagnostic tools for TB suspected pts. 401 (69) 112 (19.3) 68 (11.7)
Check if mask is airtight and does not allow. 311 (53.7) 148 (25.6) 120 (20.7)
Observational checklist Yes No  
The room where participant work has cross-ventilated window and door. 310 (53.3) 272 (46.7)  
Windows of the room of participant working was opened during data collection. 311 (53.4) 271 (46.6)  
Surgical mask was available for TB suspected pts. 123 (21.2) 458 (78.8)  
Was there N95 mask available for HWs? 103 (17.8) 476 (82.2)  
Is there TB treatment guideline available? 132 (22.7) 450 (77.3)  
Is there TB prevention poster posted 146 (25.1) 435 (74.9)  
Overall practice Poor practice 283 (48.6%)
Good practice 299 (51.4%)