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Helmi M, Sari D, Kurniawaty J, Wisudarti C F, Meliala A, Trisnantoro L. Indonesian Anesthesiologists Preparedness for COVID-19 Surge Capacity in the Early Pandemic. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2022; 36 (1) :421-424
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-7946-en.html
Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta, Indonesia , m.helmi@fk.untar.ac.id
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Background: Anesthesiologists play a crucial role in every disaster event, including biological disasters by COVID-19. This medical specialty should be prepared for a surge in patients due to a pandemic. The present study aims to evaluate the preparedness of anesthesiologists in facing the surge in the number of COVID-19 patients at the beginning of the pandemic in Indonesia.
   Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study using an online survey to Anesthesiologists in Indonesia, with snowballing sampling method. A distribution frequency was used to describe the univariate analysis results of the variables. Pearson correlation was used to test the correlation between perceived resource adequacy/availability and perceived preparedness to face the surge.
   Results: A total of 141 anesthesiologists participated in our online survey; 47% of responders said they do not have enough staff, while 53% said that their staff did not have sufficient knowledge of handling the critical COVID-19 patients. They also reported limited resources, especially the limited isolation space and N95 masks. The correlation analysis indicated a strong and significant relationship between limited resources and the preparedness of anesthesiologists.
   Conclusion: At the beginning of the pandemic, Indonesian Anesthesiologists felt that they still had very limited resources, leading to unpreparedness to deal with the surge in the number of COVID-19 patients with critical conditions.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Anesthesia

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