Risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Health-Care Workers in SUH

Title: Risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Health-Care Workers in SUH
Author(s): Ahmed Ahmed Ali Elgaderi
Institution: Sligo University Hospital
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Category: COVID 19
Abstract: Abstract
To understand transmission rates of COVID-19 among health-care workers in Sligo University Hospital, from March to December 2020.
A survey was sent to health workers working in Sligo University Hospital. The Survey was distributed in December 2020, and we got a total of 118 responses.
The biggest group of responders were health-care providers working in the emergency department (25.64%), followed by internal general medicine (23%), and nurses in different wards (16.24%). There was 14.66% worked in ICU while the rest worked in other departments. About 88% worked with COVID-19 suspected or confirmed patients, and 64.96%were involved in aerosol generating procedures. Of the 63 responders who were tested for SARS-CoV-2, 13 (20.31%) tested positive for the virus.
We found that aerosol generating procedures are associated with increased risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 infection among health-care workers.
We will spread this survey nationally to compare the risk of transmission across different hospitals in Ireland. If findings were found to be significant, necessary recommendations will be relayed to concerned bodies to, review and adjust national guidelines accordingly.