Assessment of Risk to Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Tertiary Care Facility Based Cross-sectional Study in Pakistan

Authors

  • Bushra Ameer Saeed Awan Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Shamaila Mohsin Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Syed Fawad Mashhadi Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Shazia Nisar Pak Emirates Military Hospital/ National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS)Rawalpindi Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v73i1.7259

Keywords:

COVID-19, Healthcare workers, Risk assessment, Tertiary care facility

Abstract

Objective: To assess the risk of COVID-19 to healthcare workers (HCWs) in Tertiary care hospitals and its association with demographic factors.

Study Design: Cross-sectional analytical study.

Place and Duration of Study: Tertiary Care Hospital, Rawalpindi Pakistan, from May to Dec 2020.

Methodology: Healthcare workers working in a designated COVID-19 Tertiary care hospital were included in the study. A modified "Risk assessment and management of exposure of HCWs in the context of COVID-19 tool" was distributed. HCWs were categorized as "high risk" and "low risk" of COVID-19 infection. Frequency and percentages were computed for demographic variables.

Results: A total of 182 healthcare workers were included, and 167(91.7%) returned the study questionnaire. Most of them were nurses (n=65, 40.1%) working in the medical unit (n=99, 61.1%). Low risk HCWs were 73.5%( n=119) and only 26.5%( n=43)were high risk. Gender (p-value: .02) and type of HCWs (p-value: .01) were significantly associated with the risk of COVID-19.

Conclusion: One-fourth of HCWs were at high risk of COVID-19 virus infection. Female gender and nurses were more likely to acquire COVID-19 infection.

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Published

22-02-2023

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Awan BAS, Mohsin S, Mashhadi SF, Nisar S. Assessment of Risk to Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Tertiary Care Facility Based Cross-sectional Study in Pakistan. Pak Armed Forces Med J [Internet]. 2023 Feb. 22 [cited 2024 Jun. 15];73(1):8-11. Available from: https://pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/7259