Non-COVID and COVID emergency department healthcare workers’ perception of COVID-19 at Patan Hospital, Nepal

Keywords: COVID-19, Emergency, Primary and Secondary triage

Abstract

Introduction: Patan Hospital (PH), Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) has separated non COVID and COVID emergencies for the safety of health care workers (HCWs). This study was conducted to assess the safety perception of healthcare workers working in emergency departments during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Method: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted among HCWs in non COVID and COVID emergency departments at PH, PAHS, Nepal, in April 2020 during COVID-19 outbreak. Questionnaires containing open and closed questions were used. Ethical approval was obtained.

Result: Out of 72 HCWs, 58 (80.5%) responded, 47 (81%) felt need to have separate non COVID and COVID emergencies, 27 (46.6%) answered they were not comfortable working with the partial PPE (masks, gloves), 29 (50%) felt the need of having primary and secondary triaging.

Conclusion: Emergency staff expressed need of having separate non COVID and COVID emergencies, and importance of primary and secondary triage.

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Author Biographies

Samita Acharya, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lagankhel, Nepal

Associate Professor, Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine
Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Anupam Ghimire, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lagankhel, Nepal

Resident, Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine
Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Deveshree Dongol, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lagankhel, Nepal

Resident, Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine
Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Kripa Maharjan, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lagankhel, Nepal

Resident, Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine
Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Published
2020-05-08
How to Cite
Acharya, S., Ghimire, A., Dongol, D., & Maharjan, K. (2020). Non-COVID and COVID emergency department healthcare workers’ perception of COVID-19 at Patan Hospital, Nepal. Journal of Patan Academy of Health Sciences, 7(1), 42-47. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v7i1.28862
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COVID-19: Original Articles