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Published Online: 30 April 2020

Attitudes of Anesthesiology Specialists and Residents toward Patients Infected with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): A National Survey Study

Publication: Surgical Infections
Volume 21, Issue Number 4


Background: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. This study aims to evaluate the knowledge of anesthesiology specialists and residents in Turkey about COVID-19 and their attitudes toward the strategies and application methods to be used for a suspected/confirmed COVID-19 case that needs to be operated on or followed up in an intensive care unit, as well as to raise awareness about this issue.
Methods: This descriptive study comprised anesthesiology specialists and residents working in various health institutions in Turkey. The data used in this study were obtained online between March 13, 2020 and March 25, 2020 through the website SurveyMonkey (SurveyMonkey, San Mateo, CA) by using a survey form. We contacted members of the Turkish Anaesthesiology and Reanimation Society through the social media platforms Twitter, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp, as well as through their e-mail addresses and invited them to participate in the study. Those who agreed to participate responded to the aforementioned survey. We used SPSS 22.0 (IBM, Armonk, NY) to analyze the survey data statistically.
Results: A total of 346 anesthesiology specialists and residents participated in the study. Although the majority of the participants exhibited the correct attitudes toward airway management, research assistants with little professional experience were observed to be undecided or had the tendency to make incorrect decisions.
Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading rapidly worldwide. The incidence of COVID-19 cases is increasing daily, and this disease can cause patient death. Anesthesiology specialists and residents who perform emergency operations on these patients in settings other than intensive care units should follow simple and easy-to-understand algorithms to ensure safety. The provision of theoretical and practical training to healthcare providers before they meet patients will help ensure patient–healthcare provider safety and prevent panic, which can cause distress among healthcare providers.

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cover image Surgical Infections
Surgical Infections
Volume 21Issue Number 4May 2020
Pages: 350 - 356
PubMed: 32275463


Published in print: May 2020
Published online: 30 April 2020
Published ahead of print: 6 April 2020


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Burhan Dost [email protected]
Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
Ersin Koksal
Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
Özlem Terzi
Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
Sezgin Bilgin
Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
Yasemin Burcu Ustun
Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
Hatice Nilden Arslan
Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.


Address correspondence to: Dr. Burhan Dost, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey [email protected]

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