The protection of healthcare workers is vitally important during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to delays in availability of vaccines for low- and middle-income country (LMIC) providers, there are ongoing deficits in COVID-19 mitigation and provider protection efforts, particularly with respect to personal protective equipment (PPE). Pandemic-related supply chain disruptions have resulted in severe shortages of PPE, including gloves, masks, and eye protection used routinely in patient care by surgical and anesthetic providers. Furthermore, continued development and implementation of policies and procedures for the safe donning, doffing, and use of PPE is essential. This includes protocols for managing COVID-19+ patients on the wards and in the operating theatre. We conducted a global survey of surgical facilities and perioperative providers to assess the availability of materials and safety processes, including provider training, for preventing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the perioperative setting.
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Starr, N., Capo-Chichi, N., Moore, J., Shreckengost, C., Fernandez, K., Ambulkar, R., Varallo, J., Ademuyiwa, A., Krouch, S., Singh Rana, P., Ingabire, J., Weiser, T., Negusse Mammo, T. & Evans, F. 2021, 'Perioperative Provider Safety in Low-and Middle-Income Countries During the COVID-19 Pandemic A Call for Renewed Investments in Resources and Training', Annals of Surgery, 274(6), pp. e525-e627. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000005048