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Disaster Med Public Health Prep ; : 1-22, 2022 Mar 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1730194


OBJECTIVE: The COVID-19 outbreak is the most threatening public health challenge in the 21th century, and more than 200 countries are affected. Considering that Iran was one of the first countries influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, this study aimed to explain the crisis management strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ardabil province. METHODS: This study employed a qualitative method using content analysis in which 12 healthcare managers or decision makers involved in the management of the COVID-19 crisis were recruited through purposeful sampling. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were used to collect data which continued until data saturation. RESULTS: Data analysis led to 9 categories, including prior preparation for the COVID-19 crisis; challenges and management of workforce shortages; benefiting from the participation of volunteer staff; challenges and strategies for physical space, supplies, and PPE; designation of referral centers for COVID-19; protocolized patient transport; benefiting from donations and charity support; management of information about COVID-19; and learning from the prior stages of crisis. CONCLUSION: This study revealed that in critical situations, managers use multiple and, to some extent, unique strategies for decision making and crisis control. Therefore, the health system can use the findings of the current study for proper response to similar crises and training of future managers.

J Radiol Nurs ; 41(2): 112-116, 2022 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1670813


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all health care systems. During these critical times, radiology personnel and nurses have been heavily involved in the diagnosis and management of patients with COVID-19. Purpose: This study investigates the experiences of radiology personnel about the COVID-19 crisis. Methods: This qualitative content analysis was conducted on seven radiology personnel. In-depth semistructured interviews were used to collect data. Purposive sampling was carried out to select the participants. Findings: The data analysis led to the emergence of six categories, including psychological-emotional reactions, knowledge-related challenges, humaneness, workplace conditions, hopefulness, and support. Conclusion: Learning from the experiences of radiology personnel and nurses during the COVID-19 crisis can help better manage any subsequent health crises.