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BMC Surg ; 21(1): 434, 2021 Dec 25.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1582079


BACKGROUND: The operating room nurses have encountered several challenges during the current COVID-19 Pandemic, which subsequently impact their clinical performance. The present study aimed to investigate the experiences of operating room health care professionals' regarding the COVID-19 pandemic challenges in southern Iran. METHODS: This is a descriptive qualitative study. The required data were collected using in-depth and semi-structured interviews. Accordingly, 19 operating room health care professions were included in this study through purposive sampling. The data were collected from February 2020 to August 2021 and then analyzed using the Granheim and Lundman's method. RESULTS: Three main themes and 9 sub-themes were presented in this study. They included: 1- Challenges of applying protocols and standards of care in the COVID-19 pandemic in the operating room (lack of specific guidelines regarding care protocols and standards for crisis management of Covid-19 in the operating room and impossibility of keeping social distance in the operating room). 2- Professional challenges (tedious and hard work, professional burnout, lack of adequate support by the managers and lack of personal protective equipment). 3-Psychological crises (indescribable anxiety and worry, parenting stress, and weakened resilience). CONCLUSION: Based on the findings of the present study, it was indicated that lack of a specific guideline in the COVID-19 pandemic led to a sense of indecision and confusion among operating room staff. In this regard, performing tedious tasks, feelings of tiredness and exhaustion, lack of support by the authorities, and lack of access to adequate facilities and equipment were reported as the professional challenges of the healthcare staff in the current COVID-19 pandemic, which consequently affected the quality of care and patient's safety. It seems that hospital officials can use the results reported in this study for efficient planning and effective management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 , Health Personnel , Humans , Operating Rooms , Pandemics , Qualitative Research , SARS-CoV-2
Saudi Med J ; 42(7): 742-749, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1513260


OBJECTIVES: To identify the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies among operating room and critical care staff. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we recruited 319 Healthcare workers employed in the operation theater and intensive care unit of King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH), a tertiary teaching hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia between August 9, 2020 and November 2, 2020. All participants completed a 20-item questionnaire on demographic data and COVID-19 risk factors and provided blood samples. Antibody testing was performed using an in-house enzyme immunoassay and microneutralization test. RESULTS: Of the 319 participants, 39 had detectable COVID-19 antibodies. Five of them had never experienced any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, and only 19 were previously diagnosed with COVID-19. The odds of developing COVID-19 or having corresponding antibodies increased if participants experienced COVID-19 symptoms (odds ratio [OR], 3.1; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.2-7.5) or reported contact with an infected family member (OR, 5.3; 95% CI, 2.5-11.2). Disease acquisition was not associated with employment in the ICU and involvement in the intubation of or close contact with COVID-19 patients. Of the 19 previously diagnosed participants, 6 did not possess any detectable COVID-19 antibodies. CONCLUSIONS: Healthcare workers may have undiagnosed COVID-19, and those previously infected may not have long-lasting immunity. Therefore, hospitals must continue to uphold strict infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Serological Testing/statistics & numerical data , COVID-19/diagnosis , Health Personnel , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , Adult , Antibodies, Neutralizing/blood , Antibodies, Viral/blood , COVID-19/epidemiology , Critical Care , Cross-Sectional Studies , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Female , Hospitals, Teaching , Humans , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional , Male , Middle Aged , Operating Rooms , Pandemics , Prevalence , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , Saudi Arabia/epidemiology
Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao ; 43(5): 767-772, 2021 Oct.
Article in Chinese | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1502556


Objective To investigate the understanding of the head and face protection of the health care workers in operating room of Peking Union Medical College Hospital during the corona virus disease-19(COVID-19) pandemic.Methods The knowledge of head and face protection of health care workers in the operating room was evaluated based on the non-registered questionnaires for protection measures collected on-line.Results The survey was conducted in two phases.In the first phase(COVID-19 outbreak),153 questionnaires were collected.In the second phase(when Beijing lowered the emergency response to level 3 and normalized the epidemic prevention and control),101 questionnaires were collected.The results showed that 98% of health care workers had used any form of protective devices during the pandemic and anesthesiologists had the highest usage rate(93.0%)of ear-loop face mask with eye shield.During the pandemic,health care workers mainly used goggles(71.2%)for protection to diagnose and treat the patients with fever and ear-loop face mask with eye shield(56.2%)for protection to diagnose and treat the non-fever patients.In the first-and second-phase survey,43% and 68% of health care workers still used protection,and they mainly used face shield(50.0% and 56.5%)and ear-loop face mask with eye shield(56.1% and 68.1%).Conclusions During the pandemic,more than 90% of the health care workers in the operating room of Peking Union Medical College Hospital were aware of head and face protection.Different healthcare workers in the operating room had different choices of head and face protection,and more than 40% of them would still keep such protection during the normalized stage of pandemic prevention and control.

COVID-19 , Pandemics , Health Personnel , Hospitals , Humans , Operating Rooms , SARS-CoV-2
J Trauma Acute Care Surg ; 91(4): e120-e121, 2021 10 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1452772
J Trauma Acute Care Surg ; 91(4): e121, 2021 10 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1452771
Clin Otolaryngol ; 46(6): 1368-1378, 2021 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1388232


OBJECTIVES: As we pass the anniversary of the declaration of a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, it invites us to reflect upon the inescapable changes that coronavirus has wrought upon ENT and, in particular, rhinological practice. As it remains unclear when we will emerge from the shadow of COVID-19, a critical analysis of the evidence base on both the assessment and mitigation of risk is vital for ENT departments worldwide. This article presents a systematic review of the literature examining articles which consider either the quantification of risk or strategies to mitigate risk specifically in the setting of rhinological surgery. DESIGN: Systematic literature review. RESULTS: The literature search yielded a total of 3406 returns with 24 articles meeting eligibility criteria. A narrative synthesis stratified results into two broad themes: (1) those which made an assessment as to the aerosolisation of droplets during sinus surgery, further sub-divided into work which considered macroscopically visible droplets and that which considered smaller particles; (2) and those studies which examined the mitigation of this risk. CONCLUSION: Studies considering the aerosolisation of both droplets and smaller particles suggest endonasal surgery carries significant risk. While results both highlight a range of innovative adjunctive strategies and support suction as an important intervention to reduce aerosolisation, appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be considered mandatory for all healthcare professionals involved in rhinological surgery. Studies have demonstrated that close adherence to PPE use is effective in preventing COVID-19 infection.

Aerosols , COVID-19/prevention & control , Infection Control/methods , Nose Diseases/surgery , Operating Rooms , COVID-19/epidemiology , Humans , Pandemics , Particle Size , Personal Protective Equipment , SARS-CoV-2
Mil Med ; 186(12 Suppl 2): 35-39, 2021 09 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1381028


INTRODUCTION: The global 2019 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is setting unprecedented demands on the nation and the military and surgical services. Surgical demands include a large backlog of surgical cases, strain on available resources, and the need for additional measures to prevent exposure. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the feasibility, duration, adverse events, and potential gains associated with using a Turbett Sterilization Pod (TSP) for total joint replacements. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A multidisciplinary team used the Plan-Do-Study-Act model to guide this project. A time-motion study was completed in the operating room (OR) to measure the average time required to set up surgical instrumentation for total joint replacement cases that required 12 or more instrument trays. We compared the amount of time it took to complete the setting up of instrumentation using the traditional method versus the TSP method. The traditional method consisted of unwrapping each surgical tray, checking for holes in the blue wrapper, and placing the tray on the back table. In the case of the TSP, the door of the pod was opened, and the instrument trays were transferred directly to the back table. We measured the time the staff took to perform the task using each of these methods. RESULTS: When compared to the traditional method, the use of the TSP resulted in improved turnover time, decreased room setup time, reduced environmental waste, and eliminated both the effect of damage to wrappers and the time previously spent wrapping surgical trays. CONCLUSION: The TSP minimizes the time needed by the staff to set up an OR suite for a total joint replacement, therefore permitting them to focus more on direct patient care. This time improvement suggests that all surgical specialties, including those requiring greater than 12 traditional instrument sets, may experience reduced turnover time between cases. The use of the TSP is one means to help rectify the OR backlog brought on by COVID-19.

COVID-19 , Military Medicine , Cost Savings , Humans , Operating Rooms , SARS-CoV-2 , Sterilization , Surgical Instruments
J Med Internet Res ; 23(7): e25849, 2021 07 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1334866


This viewpoint explores the ethical and regulatory consequences of the digital transformation of the operating room. Surgical robotics is undergoing significant change and future advances will center around the capture and use of data. The consequences of creating this surgical data pipeline must be understood and digital surgical systems must prioritize the safeguarding of patient data. Moreover, data protection laws and frameworks must adapt to the changing nature of surgical data. Finally, digital surgeons must understand changing data legislation and best practice on data governance to act as guardians not only for their own but also for their patients' data.

Surgeons , Humans , Operating Rooms