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Evaluation of Turkish Surgeons Knowledge and Awareness Level of The SARS-CoV-2 and Their Compliance with Personal Protective Measures: A Survey Study.

Author: Afig Gojayev, Ogun Ersen, Ali Ekrem Unal, Salim Demirci

Category: JMSR Surgery


Introduction Since December 2019, the whole world has been fighting the new coronavirus pandemic, and healthcare professionals are at the forefront of this fight. Surgeons also had to react to this unprecedented clinical challenge by reorganizing their daily work. The aim of this study is to evaluate surgeons' knowledge and awareness of the novel coronavirus, their role in the pandemic process, their compliance with personal protective measures, and their attitude during surgery. Material Method This survey includes surgeons working in different branches in different regions of Turkey. A survey consisting of 21 questions was prepared to evaluate the demographic characteristics of the participants, surgical branch and workplace characteristics, general information about COVID-19, contact status and their attitudes in surgical operations during the pandemic process. Results A total of 231 forms were evaluated. As a result of the survey, it was seen that many surgeons were involved in the treatment of COVID-19. Although most surgeons have had a PCR test, the number of infected surgeons has been low. Personal protective measures have been followed. About half of surgeons are in favor of performing minimally invasive surgery. However, it was observed that the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission were not taken into account during minimally invasive surgery. Discussion Turkish surgeons play an important role in this war by taking part in both the primary treatment of the new coronavirus and the surgical treatment of patients with identified or suspected COVID-19. Although they have some different attitudes regarding preoperative preparation and surgical strategy, Turkish surgeons appear to adhere to personal protective measures seriously. During the pandemic period, information is needed about the necessary precautions during minimally invasive surgery.

Keywords: Coronavirus, pandemics, surgery, surgeons

DOI: 10.46327/msrjg.1.000000000000179