Implementation of Standard Operating Procedure in Ophthalmic Practice during Covid 19 Era across Pakistan

Doi: 10.36351/pjo.v38i1.1307

Authors

  • Uzma Taqi Department of Ophthalmology, Baqai Medical University
  • Erum Shahid Department of Ophthalmology, Karachi Medical and Dental College & Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi
  • Uzma Fasih Department of Ophthalmology, Karachi Medical and Dental College & Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36351/pjo.v38i1.1307

Keywords:

COVID 19, Implementation, standard operating procedures, Pakistan

Abstract

Purpose:  To analyze the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP) in different ophthalmic settings of Pakistan during Covid 19.

Study Design:  Cross sectional online survey.

Place and Duration of Study:  Baqai Medical University & Karachi Medical and Dental College, from 11th to 25th January 2021.

Methods:  This online survey included doctors working as consultants, medical officers and trainees in ophthalmology setups. A self-designed questionnaire on Google forms was sent online to see the implementation of standard operating procedures during COVID 19.

Results:  A total of 400 participants were selected by snowball sampling technique. A response rate was 105 (26.5%). Females were 66 (62.86%). Among all participants, 36.19% responded that they always screened patients for COVID 19 at reception. Doctors who always wore masks were 96.19%. Out of those who responded, 16.19% and 11.43% always wore protective goggles and disposable gowns respectively. Only 55.24% practiced hand sanitization, 18.10% washed hands with soap and 30.48% cleaned slit lamps after seeing each patient. Doctors who always asked for PCR before ocular surgery under general anesthesia were 65 (61.90%) and for local anesthesia were 36 (34.29%).  Direct Ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, and gonioscopy were performed when necessary by 56.19%, 80.00%, 80.00% of doctors respectively. Only 69.5% were satisfied with precautionary measures.

Conclusion:  Clinic management needs improvement in implementing SOPs among patients in an eye OPD. Fifty percent of the ophthalmologists received PPE by their administration. Only 69.5% doctors were satisfied with precautionary measures.

Key Words:  COVID 19, standard operating procedures, Pakistan, Ophthalmology

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31-12-2021

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Taqi U, Shahid E, Fasih U. Implementation of Standard Operating Procedure in Ophthalmic Practice during Covid 19 Era across Pakistan: Doi: 10.36351/pjo.v38i1.1307. pak J Ophthalmol [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 31 [cited 2022 Jan. 19];38(1). Available from: https://pjo.org.pk/index.php/pjo/article/view/1307

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