Practice of Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Emergency Department of Nepal

Authors

  • Ritesh Chaudhary B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Rabin Bhandari B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Masum Poudel B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Rajani Giri B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Ajay Kumar Yadav B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Bijaya Devi Aryal B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jbpkihs.v6i2.51428

Keywords:

COVID-19, Healthcare workers, Nepal, Practice

Abstract

Background: The study intends to explore the effects and practice of healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic at the emergency department of B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was done among the healthcare workers of the Emergency Department of B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences from August 2020 to Jan 2021. Data were collected by using a semi-structured interview among all the participants in the survey. A convenient sampling method was used and analysed using descriptive statistics. A p value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: Majority of the healthcare workers (90%) stated that their role has increased during COVID 19 first wave pandemic. A similar percentage (71%) noticed change in their duty hours and subsequently Isolation/ Quarantine. More than half (53%) stated that efforts been undertaken to bring additional health care workers to emergency department on basis of safety and preservation of workforce. The institute was able to train (47%) health care workers regarding proper handling of personal protective equipment despite of its insufficient (70%) supply.

Conclusion: The results take exceptions in the emergency department despite insufficient supply of personal protective equipment, longtime exposure to large numbers of infected patients and insufficient care to quarantine a majority of the healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic.

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Author Biography

Ajay Kumar Yadav, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

 

 

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Published

2023-12-31

How to Cite

Chaudhary, R., Bhandari, R. ., Poudel, M. ., Giri, R., Yadav, A. K., & Aryal, B. D. (2023). Practice of Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Emergency Department of Nepal. Journal of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, 6(2), 13–17. https://doi.org/10.3126/jbpkihs.v6i2.51428

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