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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-31

Contracting infection among registered nurses working in coronavirus disease units: A qualitative case series

Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Dr. Asha P Shetty
College of Nursing, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_237_21

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Background and Aim: Nurses are the backbone of any health system, providing quality care to the patients in the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. They are working as frontline warriors in this pandemic and giving their services in such challenging and difficult situations. Since nurses have high rates of exposure they are at risk of getting the SARS CoV-2 infection. The aim of the study is to explore the contributing factors for (COVID-19) infection among nurses working in COVID-2019 units. Background: Nurses are the backbone of any health system, providing quality care to the patients in this COVID pandemic. They are working as a frontline warrior in this COVID-19 pandemic and giving their services in such difficult situations. Nurses have direct patient contact which makes them at risk of getting an infection. Materials and Methods: A qualitative case series design was carried out using conventional thematic analysis through an inductive approach to explore the factors. Fourteen nurses who have turned COVID-19 positive within 7 days of their last working exposure to COVID units were interviewed using the maximum variation purposive sampling technique. Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research guidelines were used to report the study. Results: Nurses reported prolonged exposure to COVID-19 patients; challenges in the patient care environment, biological disequilibrium, and exposure to a non-COVID zone were the major factors contributing factors. Conclusion: It is necessary to make policies on regulating the adequate manpower (both number and gender adequacy) in various COVID units, training of every nurse, rotation of COVID duties among various teams, regular health checkups of nurses, and smart monitoring of COVID units.

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