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Am J Emerg Med ; 52: 128-131, 2022 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1561972


AIM OF THE STUDY: In this study we aimed to investigate whether changing rescuers wearing N95 masks every 1 min instead of the standard CPR change over time of 2 min would make a difference in effective chest compressions. METHODS: This study was a randomized controlled mannequin study. Participants were selected from healthcare staff. They were divided into two groups of two people in each group. The scenario was implemented on CPR mannequin representing patient with asystolic arrest, that measured compression depth, compression rate, recoil, and correct hand position. Two different scenarios were prepared. In Scenario 1, the rescuers were asked to change chest compression after 1 min. In Scenario 2, standard CPR was applied. The participants' vital parameters, mean compression rate, correct compression rate/ratio, total number of compressions, compression depth, correct recoil/ratio, correct hand position/ratio, mean no-flow time, and total CPR time were recorded. RESULTS: The study hence included 14 teams each for scenarios, with a total of 56 participants. In each scenario, 14 participants were physicians and 14 participants were women. Although there was no difference in the first minute of the cycles starting from the fourth cycle, a statistically significant difference was observed in the second minute in all cycles except the fifth cycle. CONCLUSION: Changing the rescuer every 1 min instead of every 2 min while performing CPR with full PPE may prevent the decrease in compression quality that may occur as the resuscitation time gets longer.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/methods , Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/standards , Emergency Service, Hospital/standards , Fatigue/prevention & control , Heart Arrest/therapy , Medical Staff, Hospital , N95 Respirators , Adult , Female , Humans , Male , Manikins , Turkey
Int J Clin Pract ; 75(11): e14772, 2021 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1388271


INTRODUCTION: The COVID-19 pandemic not only affected physical health but also caused high levels of mental health problems including sleep disturbances, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms. The aim of this study was to examine the sleep parameters of healthcare workers before COVID-19 infection and after recovery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthcare workers who were infected with COVID-19 and whose treatment was completed at least 30 days ago were included in the study. A web-based cross-sectional survey was conducted on the participants. RESULTS: The median PSQI score increased significantly after COVID-19 infection (7.0) compared with the level before COVID-19 infection (5.0). The increases in median scores for subjective sleep quality, sleep latency, sleep duration, sleep efficiency, sleep disturbance, use of sleeping medication and daytime dysfunction were all significant. CONCLUSION: Sleep quality decreased during the convalescence period from COVID-19 infection as compared with the pre-COVID-19 period.

COVID-19 , Cross-Sectional Studies , Health Personnel , Humans , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Sleep
Turkish Journal of Geriatrics-Turk Geriatri Dergisi ; 24(1):1-12, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1200503


Background: SARS-CoV-2 has caused an outbreak all over the World. Age is the most important factor for mortality. However, it is not known exactly why SARS-CoV-2 infections are more severe and fatal in the elderly population. We examined the clinical course and the causes of increasing mortality in all hospitalized patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over 65 years of age. Methods: Hospitalized elderly patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were examined in this retrospective observational study. The blood results, length of stay, comorbid diseases, admission symptoms, clinical results and demographic data of the patients were recorded. It was examined whether there was a significant difference between surviving and non-surviving patients in terms of comorbid diseases and symptoms. The effects of these parameters on the 30-day mortality alone were investigated. Results: A total of 263 patients (125 males) were included in the study. Cough (53.2%) followed by dyspnea (35.7%) were the two most common symptoms. There was no statistically significant difference age or sex distribution between survivor and nonsurvivor patients. Patients with dyspnea had a significantly lower survival rate compared to patients who did not have dyspnea at presentation and patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cerebrovascular disease were associated with a significantly increased risk of mortality Conclusions: It has been shown that there is a significant increase in the risk of mortality in COVID-19 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cerebrovascular diseases. Additionally, Dyspnea, as an admission symptom, were found to have an effect on mortality and clinical outcomes in our study.