EXPOSURES AND RISK FACTORS OF CORONA VIRUS AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND NEED FOR PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN COMBINED MILITARY HOSPITAL RAWALPINDI

Authors

  • Fuad Ahmad Siddiqi Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Sobia Mehreen Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Adeel Ahmed Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Tariq Bashir Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Javed Ahmad Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Fayyaz Hassan Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Fatima Mahmood Combined Military Hospital /National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v71i4.4951

Keywords:

COVID-19, Health care workers, Risk factors

Abstract

Objective: Prospective To determine the various risk factors and exposures for spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) among health care workers working at Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi.

Study Design: Cross sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, from Apr to Jul 2020.

Methodology: A total of 134 health care workers who were infected with COVID-19, were included in study. A structured questionnaire was attained after informed consent and approval from hospital ethical committee. Data was analyzed using SPSS-19 statistical software.

Results: Overall, 134 of 2591 Health care workers (Health care workers) in Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi tested positive for COVID-19 during the study period. The infection rate was 5.17%. Among them 25 (18.7%) were women and 109 (81.3%) were men. There was not statistical difference in infection rate between male and female health care workers p=0.156). The infection rate in clinical category was significantly higher than non-clinical category (p<0.001. The infection rate in nursing assistants was significantly higher than the doctors (p=0.021). Personal protective equipment was optimally provided to health care workers except for goggles and face shields whose provision and use were both lacking.

Conclusion: Health care workers are at high risk of developing COVID-19. There is need for extensive training, easy availability of personal protective equipment and strict compliance to infection control policies.

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Published

27-08-2021

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How to Cite

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Siddiqi FA, Mehreen S, Ahmed A, Bashir T, Ahmad J, Hassan F, et al. EXPOSURES AND RISK FACTORS OF CORONA VIRUS AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND NEED FOR PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN COMBINED MILITARY HOSPITAL RAWALPINDI. Pak Armed Forces Med J [Internet]. 2021 Aug. 27 [cited 2024 Jun. 15];71(4):1382-86. Available from: https://pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/4951