Objective: To describe the perception of risk of contagion and use of personal protection elements (PPE) in Colombian ophthalmological medical personnel, in face-to-face ophthalmological care and by teleconsultation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methodology: Descriptive study based on self-report through the completion of a questionnaire that inquires about the contagion of health personnel, the use of Personal Protection Elements (PPE) during ophthalmological care and teleconsultation in the pandemic.
Results: 253 participants filled out the survey, of the total number of respondents, 91.7% (232) have received face-to-face care during the pandemic. 3.2% (8) have been confirmed cases of COVID-19. All respondents diagnosed with COVID-19 used full PPE and only 0.8% (2) consulted patients also diagnosed with COVID-19. The most frequent problems with the use of PPE were fogging of the glasses 83.4% (211), skin lesions 58.5% (148), headache 50.2% (127), dyspnea 32.8% (83) and nausea 9.9% (25), difficulty with glasses to perform slit lamp examination 49.4% (125) and eye fundus 34.4% (87) due to fogging. 44.7% (113) have performed teleophthalmology more frequently in subspecialties.
Conclusions: Although health personnel use PPE, there is a risk of contagion during face-to-face ophthalmological care. Likewise, there are frequent drawbacks such as the fogging of the PPE, which makes it difficult to assess with the slit lamp and fundus. The use of teleophthalmology reduces the risk of contagion in adults with comorbidities.
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