CURRENT PRACTICES OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IN OPERATION THEATERS: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY

  • Saira Mahboob Pakistan Naval Ship, Shifa Karachi Pakistan
  • Tariq Mehmood Pakistan Naval Ship, Shifa Karachi Pakistan
  • Amna Gulrez Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Anum Sultan National Hospital and Medical Center Lahore Pakistan
  • Zeshan Nasir Pakistan Naval Ship, Shifa Karachi Pakistan
  • Taimur Azam Khan 72 Medical Battalion Malakand Pakistan
Keywords: Hand Hygiene, hand washm N-95 mask, Personal protective equipment, re-use, COVID-19

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the prevailing practices regarding personal protective equipment in operation theaters.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Pakistan Naval Ship Shifa Hospital, Karachi, from May to Jun 2020.

Methodology: After the approval of the approval of the hospital ethical committee, 300 online forms were send. A total of 227 respondents returned the 22 questions survey forms. Data was collected and analyzed using online site www.surveyplanet.com.

Results: A total of 203 forms were included in our final analysis. Most 128 (63.1%) were males with 90 (44.3%)
common aged between 31-40 years and 168 (82.8%) working in tertiary care hospitals. One hundred and fifty
eight (77.8%) were routinely managing known Covid cases per-operatively. One hundred and seventy four
(85.7%) reported that personal protective equipment was being provided by the hospital administration; 55
(27.1%) have bought part of full protective equipment at their own expense; 72 (35.5%) re-using protective equipment; 167 (82.3%) being provided with N-95 masks and 120 (59.1%) re-using N-95 masks. One hundred and twenty one (59.6%) wearing level III protective gear during all surgeries. 192 (94.6%) respondents reported
maintaining hand hygiene after each patient. Only 65 (32%) taking shower at the hospital at the end of their shift.

Conclusion: Most of the operation theaters were providing protective equipment to their staff with nearly half reusing protective gear and N-95 masks.

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Published
2021-02-24
How to Cite
Mahboob, S., Mehmood, T., Gulrez, A., Sultan, A., Nasir, Z., & Khan, T. (2021). CURRENT PRACTICES OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IN OPERATION THEATERS: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY. PAFMJ, 71(1), 83-86. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v71i1.4626
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