Changes in surgical practice by surgical residents and consultants during COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey

Authors

  • Muhammad Kamran Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Muhammad Bilal Mirza Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Usama Aziz Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Warda Tahir Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Kashif Nawaz Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Nishant Singh Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Asad Ameer Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Muhammad Rehan Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Nabila Talat Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46831/jpas.v1i1.33

Keywords:

COVID-19, Surgical practice, Training, Elective surgery, Pandemic

Abstract

Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, surgical practice is greatly changed as a strategy to prevent infection to the health care workers. This study was done to see what changes have been made in the surgical practice by the surgical consultants and residents in various surgical disciplines.

Methods: A Survey form was developed on the “Google Forms” application and distributed to surgical consultants and residents. The submission was received online during May 2020. The collected data were entered and analyzed using SPSS V.23. Qualitative data were presented as frequencies and percentages. Quantitative data were presented as mean and standard deviation.

Results: Overall, 272 consultants and residents from 45 teaching hospitals from Pakistan and around the world participated in the survey. Among the participants, 100 (36.8%) were surgical consultants and 172 (63.2%) were surgical residents. About 42% of participants were not performing elective surgeries during this pandemic of COVID-19 but almost all participants were performing emergency surgeries (93%). Over 60% of the respondents admitted that their practice is either reduced to more than 50% or completely shut down during this pandemic. Over 80% stated that their training activities were compromised due to the pandemic.

Conclusion: COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected surgical practice both in the public and corporate sectors. Elective surgeries are affected the most in addition to the suspension of training activities of the residents.

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Author Biographies

Muhammad Kamran, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Resident

Muhammad Bilal Mirza, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Assistant Professor

Usama Aziz, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Resident

Warda Tahir, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Resident

Kashif Nawaz, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Resident

Nishant Singh, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Resident

Asad Ameer, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Resident

Muhammad Rehan, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Resident

Nabila Talat, Department of Pediatric Surgery Unit-II, The Children's Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore

Professor and Head of the Department

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Published

2020-09-07

How to Cite

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Kamran M, Mirza MB, Aziz U, Tahir W, Nawaz K, Singh N, Ameer A, Rehan M, Talat N. Changes in surgical practice by surgical residents and consultants during COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey. J Pediatr Adolesc Surg [Internet]. 2020Sep.7 [cited 2020Oct.28];1(1):22-7. Available from: http://jpedas.org/ojs/index.php/jpedas/article/view/33
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