Lesson Learned From the COVID-19 Protection Program for Health Care Workers in Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital.

  • Somboon Tosbovorn Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine Department, Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital.
  • Wanna Chongchitpaisan Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine Department, Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital.
  • Adul Bandhukul Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine Department, Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital.
  • Manuschanok Jangsanam Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine Department, Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital.
Keywords: COVID-19 protection program, health care worker, occupational health exposure control

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic posted a risk of infection among health workers (HW). The effective protective measure for HW resulted in healthcare worker safety. The Nopparat Rajathanee hospital provided the occupational health exposure control measures to prevent HW exposure to the virus. From 13th January to 30th March 2020 the hospital took care of 50 COVID-19 patients. There were 805 HW under contact disease investigation, most of these were nurses and nurse aides (80%) and doctors (10.9%). The HW who were estimated high risk due to close contact with the patients were 2.7% and those quarantined were 2.0%. Health personal involved were 3 doctors, 5 nurses, 5 nurse aides and 3 other personal. There are no infected HW in the hospital.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

1. Xu R, Cui B, Duan X, Zhang P, Zhou X, Yuan Q. Saliva: potential diagnostic value and transmission of 2019-nCoV. Int J Oral Sci 2020;12:11.
2. Brussow H. The novel coronavirus – a snapshot of current knowledge. Microb Biotechnol 2020;13:607-12.
3. Schwartz J, King CC, Yen MY. Protecting healthcare workers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak: lessons from Taiwan’s severe acute respiratory syndrome response. Clin Infect Dis 2020;71: 858-60.
4. Guan W, Ni Z, Hu Y, Liang W, Ou C, He J, et al. Clinical characteristics of 2019 novel coronavirus infection in China. N Engl J Med 2020;382:1708-20.
5. Zhou P, Huang Z, Xiao Y, Huang X, Fan XG. Protecting Chinese healthcare workers while combating the 2019 novel coronavirus. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2020;41:745-6.
6. World Health Organization. Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), interim guidance [Internet]. 2020. [cited 2020 Dec 23]. Available from: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/ 10665/331215/WHO-2019-nCov-IPCPPE_use-2020.1-eng.pdf.
7. Chen YC, Chen PJ, Chang SC, Kao CL, Wang SH, Wang LH, et al. Infection control and SARS transmission among healthcare workers, Taiwan. Emerg Infect Dis 2004;10: 895-8.
8. Klompas M. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): protecting hospitals from the invisible. Ann Intern Med 2020;172:619-20.
9. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Hierarchy of controls [Internet]. 2015. [cited 2020 Aug 13]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ hierarchy/default.html.
10. Wong J, Goh QY, Tan Z. Lie SA, Tay YC, Ng Sy, et al. Preparing for a COVID-19 pandemic: a review of operating room outbreak response measures in a large tertiary hospital in Singapore. Can J Anaesth 2020;67:732-45.
11. World Health Organization. Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Interim guidance [Internet]. 2020. [cited 2020 Aug 13]. Available from:https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331215/WHO-2019-nCov-IPCPPE_use-2020.1-eng.pdf.
12. World Health Organization. COVID-19-WHO Thailand situation reports [Internet]. 2020. [cited 2020 Jun 11]. Available from:https://www.who.int/thailand/emergencies/novel-coronavirus-2019
13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Interim operational considerations for public health management of healthcare workers exposed to or infected with COVID-19: non-US healthcare settings [Internet]. 2020. [cited 2020 Aug 10]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/non-us-settings/public-health-management-hcw-exposed.html.
14. Liberati EG, Peerally MF, Dixon-Woods M. Learning from high risk industries may not be straight forward: a qualitative study of the hierarchy of risk controls approach in healthcare. Int J Qual Health Care 2018;30:39-43.
15. Huh S. How to train health personnel to protect themselves from SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) infection when caring for a patient or suspected case. J Educ Eval Health Prof 2020;17:10.
16. Alfahan A, Alhabib S, Abdulmajeed I, Rahman S, Bamuhair. In the era of corona virus: health care professionals’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice of hand hygiene in Saudi primary care centers: a cross-sectional study. J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect 2016;6:1-6.
17. Weber DJ, Fischer WA, Wohl DA, Rutala WA. Protecting healthcare personnel from acquiring Ebola virus disease. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;36:1229-32.
Published
2021-05-13
How to Cite
1.
Tosbovorn S, Chongchitpaisan W, Bandhukul A, Jangsanam M. Lesson Learned From the COVID-19 Protection Program for Health Care Workers in Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital. JPMAT [Internet]. 2021May13 [cited 2021Aug.4];11(1):1-12. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPMAT/article/view/249448
Section
Original Article