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The pandemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the 1980s challenged health care personnel. The emotional response to a public health threat required a focus on the essential issues: how do health do health care personnel in all settings provide care and service to infected patients while protecting themselves from acquiring the disease? The (CDC) reflected a principle that has become routine for personnel in diverse health care arena.

In 1877, infected patients were quarantined with other sick patients in special houses known as infectious disease hospitals. However, patients acquired other infectious disease from infected patients until those with the same diseases were grouped in the same room. This was isolation and cohort concept. Observation by health care personnel noted that controlling the spread of disease would involve more prevention, thus nursing aseptic procedure were added to control disease transmission.

By 1910, the cubic system of placing infected patients in multiple bed wards was introduced. Nurses wore gowns as barrier attire and antiseptic hand cleansing followed patient contact. Disinfection of patient contaminated object was accomplished.

In 1950, when staphylococci out break were occurring, infected patients were segregated in a single, specially designed isolation room or regular hospital patient rom.

In 1970, Centre for disease control (CDC) published its initial isolation technique, “isolation techniques for use in hospital 1st edition” detailing the requirements and rationale for safe patient isolation practices in hospitals of varying sizes.

A coloured card system of isolation was developed designating five categories: strict isolation, respiratory isolation, protective isolation enteric precaution and wound and skin precautions.

In 1975 revision, specific safety requirements pertained to disposable needles and syringes with no recapping, reuse and purposely bending them before depositing them in a prominently labelled, impervious puncture-resistant container for incineration or autoclaving before discarding. Updated isolation techniques came in 1978 as new syndromes were identified “isolation techniques for use in hospital, 2nd edition”

By 1983, the title of isolation precaution in hospitals” and consulted with CDC personnel in these guidelines. The major changes in 1983 guideline were designating seven isolation categories were added to the five categories of 1970 which are: tuberculosis isolation and contact isolation. Health care workers employed their critical decision making skills to protect themselves with barriers to tailor the precautions based on the age, and behaviour of the patient in isolation and to establish a balance between the ideal and practical precautions to isolate the disease, not the patient.

In august 1987, CDC initially introduced the concept of universal precautions (UP), stating blood and certain body fluid of all patients are considered potentially infectious for HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and other blood borne infection status.

The universal precaution requirements espoused barrier techniques to block persons from bodily fluid and supported vaccination against hepatitis B virus.

In 1987, another approach, body substance isolation (BSI), advocated that all moist body substance were potentially infectious and gloves should be worn for anticipated contact with these substances.

The term “standard precaution” (SP) appeared in the 1966 CDC isolation revision. The preamble to these recommendations explains that standard precautions are a synthesis of two other precautions, universal precautions and body substance isolation and apply to all patients receiving health care regardless of their diagnosis or presumed infection state.

Thus, standard precaution is the current isolation terminology and the fundamental premise employed by health care personnel when rendering care to every patient.

In 2007, safe injection practices, respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and infection control practice for lumber puncture procedure were added.


All health care personnel (HCP) working in health care setting have potentials for exposure to patients or to infectious materials including body substance, contaminated medical supplies, equipment, contaminated environment surfaces, or aerosols, generated during certain medical procedure. In essence, all health care personnel are at risk.

It is on this note that the researcher choose to write on knowledge, attitude, and practice of standard precautions.


i.           What is the level of knowledge of standard precautions among nurses in st Gerard’s catholic hospital kakuri Kaduna?

ii.             What is their attitude towards standard precautions?

iii.          How do they practice standard precautions?

iv.           how often do they update their knowledge on standard precautions

v.           What are the factors militating against the practice of standard precautions?

vi.           When do they observe standard precaution?

vii.           Does the hospital provide adequate equipment’s for the practice of standard precautions?


I.           To assess the level of knowledge of standard precautions among nurses in st Gerard’s catholic hospital

II.To identify the mode of practices of standard precautions

III.To ascertain the attitude of nurses towards standard precautions

           iv.   To ascertain their level of compliance of standard precaution


       i.The finding of this study will add to the existing knowledge on standard precaution among nurses.

     ii.     To help relate the rate at which health workers get infected due to poor compliance to standard precautions.

   iii.          To help increase the level of practice and compliance of standard precaution among nurses.

   iv.          The study will also serve as a literature material for further study in same or similar study.

     v.          This study will benefit the researcher as it will expand his knowledge on research process in nursing.


The scope of this research is limited to nurses in St Gerard’s catholic hospital kakuri Kaduna.


Ø   Standard precaution: a set of infection control practiced used to prevent transmission of disease that can be acquired by contact with blood, body fluids, non-intact skin (including rashes) and mucous membranes.

Ø   Attitude: the way you think and feel about something or someone

Ø   Practice: the actual application or use of an idea, belief or method as opposed to theories about such application or use.

Ø        Hygiene: condition or practices conducted to maintain health and prevent disease especially through cleanliness.

Ø        Knowledge: facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education.

Ø        Infection: the invasion and multiplication of micro-organisms such as bacteria viruses and parasites that are not present within the body.

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