Assessment of the Preparedness and Planning of Academic Emergency Departments in India during the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Multicentric Survey

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Abstract

Objective: Emergency medicine being a young specialty in India, we aimed to assess the level of disaster preparedness and planning strategies among various academic emergency departments (EDs) across India during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Methods: A cross-sectional multicentric survey was developed and disseminated online to various academic EDs in India and followed up over a period of 8 wk. All results were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Twenty-eight academic emergency medicine departments responded to the study. Compared with pre-COVID period, COVID-19 pandemic has led to 90% of centers developing separate triage system with dedicated care areas for COVID suspected/infected in 78.6% centers with nearly 70% using separate transportation pathways. Strategizing and executing the Institutional COVID-19 treatment protocol in 80% institutes were done by emergency physicians. Training exercises for airway management and personal protective equipment (PPE) use were seen in 93% and 80% centers, respectively. Marked variation in recommended PPE use was observed across EDs in India. Conclusions: Our study highlights the high variance in the level of preparedness response among various EDs across India during the pandemic. Preparedness for different EDs across India needs to be individually assessed and planned according to the needs and resources available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1910-1915
Number of pages6
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10-10-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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