Evaluation of Fire Safety Preparedness among healthcare providers in BMSH
Introduction: Hospital fires can have grave implication for patients, health personnel and its infrastructure. The first line of protection in preventing and fighting hospital fire is properly informed and trained personnel. The objective of this study was to evaluate fire safety preparedness among healthcare providers in BMSH
Methods: A cross sectional study of 248 health care providers attending a workshop on infection prevention control recruited by purposive sampling technique after stratification according to respondent’s cadre. The questionnaire was self administered. Data was analyzed using SPSS-22.
Result: Majority of responders (91; 36.7%) were in the 30-39 years bracket and their mean age was 38.76 (3.24) years. The nurses (96; 38.7%) constituted the majority of the responders while pharmacist (2; 0.8%) constituted the least responders. Awareness of fire safety parameters and training on fire safety was generally low among the different cadres of responders. There was no significant statistical association between designation of responders and fire safety training (p=0.885). Training on fire safety preparedness was lacking among the respondents irrespective of the duration of employment. The association between duration of employment and training fire safety preparedness was not significant (p=0.08)
Conclusion: Fire safety awareness and training among the respondents is low. Fire safety education and preparedness should be instituted as part of training and retraining of health personnel
Keywords: Fire safety, preparedness, hospital
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