Souad Belkebir

Souad Belkebir
An-Najah National University · Family and Community Medicine

MD, MPH,board PM&PH, board Preventive medicine

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February 2015 - present
An NAjah National University Hospital
Position
  • Preventive Medicine Department/ Head Infection Control Committee
January 2014 - January 2016
An-Najah National University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2012 - January 2015
An-Najah National University
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (32)
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Background: Organ donation (OD) is the most effective therapy for end-stage organ failure. Regrettably, there is a permanent organ shortage due to the increasing demand for organs versus the shrinking availability of organs for a multitude of reasons. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the awareness level and attitudes toward OD among unive...
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Background : This study examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare-associated infection (HAI) incidence in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs). Methods : Patients from 7 LMICs were followed during hospital intensive care unit (ICU) stays throughout January 2019 to May 2020. HAI rates were calculated using the INICC Surveillance...
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Background: This study examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care-associated infection (HAI) incidence in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Methods: Patients from 7 LMICs were followed up during hospital intensive care unit (ICU) stays from January 2019 to May 2020. HAI rates were calculated using the International Nosocomia...
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Background Uncertainty about vaccination among nurses are major barriers to managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Purpose To explore nurseś perceptions about receiving the SARS CoV-2 vaccine to inform the upcoming Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH) vaccination efforts. Methods Four focus groups were conducted with nurses between Jan...
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Background: Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) infestation is a common condition that primarily affects children. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of and the risk factors for E. vermicularis infestation in preschool children in north West Bank. Methods: A cross-sectional study that included the six main governorates in n...
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Introduction: Due to their stressful lives, Palestinian refugees are prone to use cognitive enhancers (CE) and psychostimulant substances (PS). Recognising health problems associated with CE/PS use can indicate how preventive programs should be directed towards adolescents. Unfortunately, research has not thoroughly investigated the health problem...
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Background: We report the results of INICC surveillance study from 2013 to 2018, in 664 intensive care units (ICUs) in 133 cities, of 45 countries, from Latin-America, Europe, Africa, Eastern-Mediterranean, Southeast-Asia, and Western-Pacific. Methods: Prospective data from patients hospitalized in ICUs were collected through INICC Surveillance...
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Background: Worldwide, medical staff adherence to hand hygiene (HH), the most cost-effective measure to decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), is ~40%–60%. The infection control program (ICP) at An-Najah National University Hospital (NNUH), a tertiary-care referral teaching hospital located in Nablus, in northern Palestine, monitors HH c...
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Background: The prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in acute healthcare settings is increasing worldwide. Active screening for MDROs carriers on admission permits the prompt implementation of the appropriate precautions to decrease the probability of cross transmission to other inpatients. Objective: To report the spectrum of bacter...
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PurposeDiabetic Retinopathy (DR) screening among Palestinian diabetic patients is limited. To improve the care of our patients, we explored the barriers to DR screening with a qualitative study.Methods Three focus groups were conducted in the northern West Bank. Patients noncompliant with DR screening were recruited from Primary Health Care clinics...
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Background Short-term peripheral venous catheters-related bloodstream infections (PVCR-BSIs) rates have not been systematically studied, and data on their incidence by number of device-days is not available. Methods Prospective, surveillance study on PVCR-BSI conducted from September 1st, 2013 to 31st Mays, 2019 in 246 intensive care units (ICUs),...
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Background Short-term peripheral venous catheter–related bloodstream infection (PVCR-BSI) rates have not been systematically studied in resource-limited countries, and data on their incidence by number of device days are not available. Methods Prospective, surveillance study on PVCR-BSI conducted from September 1, 2013, to May 31, 2019, in 727 int...
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Remaining co-authors of this study: Bahrain: Saeed, N.K.; Abdul-Aziz, S.; ALSayegh, S.; Humood, M.Z., Mohamed-Ali, K.; Swar, S., Magray, T.A.S. Egypt: Bayani, V.; Ahmed, S.A.; Alansary, A.M.; Hassan, A.R.; Abdullorziz-Ghazi, I.; El-Fattah, M.A.; Hala, A.; Ahmed-Fouad, H.; Mounir-Agha, H.; Hamza, H.S.; Salah, Z.; Abdel-Aziz, D.M.; Ibrahim, S.B.; Hel...
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Remaining co-authors of this study: Bahrain: Saeed, N.K.; Abdul-Aziz, S.; ALSayegh, S.; Humood, M.Z., Mohamed-Ali, K.; Swar, S., Magray, T.A.S. Egypt: Bayani, V.; Ahmed, S.A.; Alansary, A.M.; Hassan, A.R.; Abdullorziz-Ghazi, I.; El-Fattah, M.A.; Hala, A.; Ahmed-Fouad, H.; Mounir-Agha, H.; Hamza, H.S.; Salah, Z.; Abdel-Aziz, D.M.; Ibrahim, S.B.; Hel...
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Introduction: For the implementation and monitoring of Hand Hygiene practice among healthcare workers, the Infection control program at An-Najah National University Hospital, a tertiary care referral teaching hospital in the North of Palestine, uses Direct Observation as recommended by the World Health Organization. Objectives: This descriptive stu...
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Background: We report the results of International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) surveillance study from January 2012 to December 2017 in 523 intensive care units (ICUs) in 45 countries from Latin America, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and Western Pacific. Methods: During the 6-year study period, prospective da...
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Introduction: Injuries among healthcare workers (HCW) from needles(NSI) and sharps remain a serious problem due to high risk of transmission of blood-borne pathogens (BBP) Objectives: This study aims at reporting the numbers of NSIs from 2016 to 2018 and the main characteristics of affected HCWs at NNUH Methods: An-Najah National University hospita...
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Introduction: For the implementation and monitoring of Hand Hygiene practice among healthcare workers, the Infection control program at An-Najah National University Hospital, a tertiary care referral teaching hospital in the North of Palestine, uses Direct Observation as recommended by the World Health Organization. Objectives: This descriptive stu...
Conference Paper
Introduction: For the implementation and monitoring of Hand Hygiene practice among healthcare workers, the Infection control program at An-Najah National University Hospital, a tertiary care referral teaching hospital in the North of Palestine, uses Direct Observation as recommended by the World Health Organization. Objectives: This descriptive stu...
Conference Paper
Introduction: Injuries among healthcare workers (HCW) from needles(NSI) and sharps remain a serious problem due to high risk of transmission of blood-borne pathogens (BBP) Objectives: This study aims at reporting the numbers of NSIs from 2016 to 2018 and the main characteristics of affected HCWs at NNUH Methods: An-Najah National University hospita...
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Introduction: Natural menopause is a critical period for all women due to multiple complaints with a significant impact on Women’s quality of life (QoL).This study aims at investigating factors affecting Palestinian women’s menopausal health and the impact of those changes on their QoL within the social context of Palestine. Methodology: A cross se...
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Introduction: Hand Hygiene (HH) is the most cost effective measure to decrease health care associated infections (HAIs). Yet, staff adherence worldwide is around 40-60%. An-Najah National University Hospital (NNUH) is a tertiary care referral teaching hospital in the North of Palestine monitoring HH compliance by direct observation. This descriptiv...
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Background Excessive gestational weight gain appears to be a risk factor for low and high birthweight, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, caesarean section, and post-partum haemorrhage). The objective of this study was to determine the association between gestational weight gain and pregnancy outcomes. Methods This retrospectiv...
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Background Organ transplantation is the treatment of choice for organ failure, but organs are scarce and their availability is affected by relational ties, religious beliefs, cultural influences, body integrity, medical mistrust, and other factors. This aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Palestinian populatio...
Conference Paper
Background: Device - related nosocomial infection (NI) is a substantial concern in adult intensive care units (ICUs) and, due to its internal and external comparativeness, remains the best alternative when evaluating the impact of NI preventive measures. Objective: To elucidate the impact of structural renovation of three adult ICUs on incidence...
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Background: Bloodstream infection (BSI) is the most frequent nosocomial infection reported in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Although it is demonstrated that birth weight is an important risk factor for BSI, its usefulness to define risk groups is not sufficiently investigated. Objective: To analyze the best way of categorizing BSI rat...

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