Problems of safety, occupational hygiene and control over infections in fighting with occupational diseases of healthcare workers with COVID-19 in treatment facilities of Ukraine

Authors

  • A.P. Yavorovsky Bogomolets National Medical University, Department of hygiene and ecology N 2, T. Shevchenko вlvd., 13, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4573-8039
  • Yu.M. Skaletsky Bogomolets National Medical University, Department of hygiene and ecology N 2, T. Shevchenko вlvd., 13, Kyiv, 01601, SI «O.M. MarzeIev Institute for Public Health of the NAMS of Ukraine», Popudrenko Str., 50, Kyiv, 02094, Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7527-6827
  • R.P. Brukhno Bogomolets National Medical University, Department of hygiene and ecology N 2, T. Shevchenko вlvd., 13, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6666-397X
  • A.V. Shkurba Bogomolets National Medical University, Department of infectious diseases 2, T. Shevchenko вlvd., 13, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1586-9481
  • I.M. Kirichuk Zhytomyr Medical Institute of Zhytomyr Regional Council Board, Department of public health, Velyka Berdychivska Str, 46/15, Zhytomyr, 10002, Ukraine
  • М.М. Regan National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport, Fizkultury str., 1, Kyiv, 03150,, Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1244-9801

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26641/2307-0404.2020.4.221660

Keywords:

COVID-19, working conditions, occupational morbidity of medical workers, risk of contamination

Abstract

The objective of the publication was to assess the safety of treatment facilities, occupational health and infection control in Kiev, Zhytomyr and Zhytomyr region to enhance risk management of SARS-CoV-2 infection of healthcare workers and reduce occupational illness and mortality for COVID-19. Bibliosemantic, hygienic, questionnaire, statistical methods and methods of comparative and system analysis have been used. The work of doctors involved in overcoming COVID-19 pandemic is classified as dangerous (extreme). In addition to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the working conditions of medical workers are influenced by physical, chemical factors and high physical and neuro-emotional stress. Among medical workers of the Zhytomyr region who were diagnosed with an acute occupational disease COVID-19, nurses prevailed (38.57%). Junior nurses (26.1%) – the second COVID-19 incidence, paramedics (5.31%) occupy the third place. The doctors’ incidence was ranked in the following sequence: doctors of GPFM – 4.85%, surgeons – 4.16%, anesthesiologists – 2.54%, infectious disease doctors – 2.08%, radiologists – 1.85%. This distribution of medical professions is observed for all Ukraine regions. Chance of becoming infected with SARS CoV 2 for healthcare workers in October was by 3.8 times higher than the general population. Risk of dying from COVID-19 in healthcare workers is greater by 1.5 times than the general population. The high level of occupational morbidity of COVID-19 in Ukrainian medical personnel is determined by personal negligence, incomplete staffing of TF with medical workers, of medical workers with PPE; dis-use of PPE if available, absence or poor-quality instruction on labor protection; shortage of epidemiologists, hygienists and occupational pathologists.

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Published

2020-12-28

How to Cite

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Yavorovsky A, Skaletsky Y, Brukhno R, Shkurba A, Kirichuk I, Regan М. Problems of safety, occupational hygiene and control over infections in fighting with occupational diseases of healthcare workers with COVID-19 in treatment facilities of Ukraine. Med. perspekt. [Internet]. 2020Dec.28 [cited 2022May17];25(4):159-65. Available from: http://journals.uran.ua/index.php/2307-0404/article/view/221660

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PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

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