A survey of awareness, Training and compliance regarding universal precautions among house officers in a peripheral teaching hospital in HIV endemic area.

  • Saleeem Raza Shah Nawaz Sharif Medical College.
  • Sajid Aziz Nawaz Sharif Medical College.
  • Ovais Ahmed Cheema Nawaz Sharif Medical College.
  • Salman Farooq Dar Nawaz Sharif Medical College.
  • Muhammad Ateeq Nawaz Sharif Medical College.
Keywords: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, Attitude, Compliance, Endemic Area, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, House Officers, Knowledge, Universal Precautions


The purpose of this study is to access the level of knowledge, training and compliance of these house officers to universal precautions to HIV transmission. Study Design: Cross Sectional study. Setting: Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Teaching Hospital Gujrat. Period: July-September 2019. Material & Methods: Self reported questionnaires were provided to 80 house officers and results were analyzed in SPSS 20. Results: knowledge attitude and compliance of house officers towards universal precautions was not up to date. This could be due to the fact that 78.79% of our participants have not received any form of training regarding universal precautions. Conclusion: It is urgently needed that training sessions for newly recruited doctors are arranged on regular basis to prepare them protect themselves against communicable diseases. Also strategies should be devised to implement strict compliance to universal precautions.

Author Biographies

Saleeem Raza Shah, Nawaz Sharif Medical College.


Senior Registrar Surgery


Sajid Aziz, Nawaz Sharif Medical College.


Associate Professor Surgery


Ovais Ahmed Cheema, Nawaz Sharif Medical College.


House Officer Surgery

Salman Farooq Dar, Nawaz Sharif Medical College.


Post-Graduate Trainee Surgery

Muhammad Ateeq, Nawaz Sharif Medical College.


Professor Surgery