Perioperative Provider Safety in Low-and Middle-Income Countries During the COVID-19 Pandemic A Call for Renewed Investments in Resources and Training

Nichole Starr* (Corresponding Author), Nina Capo-Chichi, Jolene Moore, Constance Shreckengost, Katie Fernandez, Reshma Ambulkar, John Varallo, Adesoji Ademuyiwa, Sophallyda Krouch, Pankaj Singh Rana, JC Allen Ingabire, Thomas Weiser, Tihitena Negusse Mammo, Faye Evans

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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, protection of the surgical workforce with proper PPE and safety practices is essential. We surveyed 230 surgical facilities and 507 perioperative clinicians in 52 low- and middle-income countries in October 2020 to understand ongoing resource and training limitations. Facilities and clinicians in the lowest income countries had severe shortages in PPE, viral anesthesia filters, and the least COVID-19 related training and protocol implementation, all of which were associated with low perceived workplace safety. Understanding these gaps can help to direct local and international responses to improve surgical provider safety until the pandemic comes to an end.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Surgery
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jul 2021

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