Impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on Colombian anesthesiologists: Survey study

Sebastian Amay, Marcelino Murillo, Boris Julián Pinto Bustamante, Nubia Sánchez-Bell, María José Mateus Parra, María José Andrade, Natalia González Zárate, María Paula Pérez, José Jorge Maya, Valentina Monsalve, Nashla Fayad Fayad, Gabriela Rosero Belalcázar, Ilana Charul-Palaci

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Introduction: The practice of anesthesiology during the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has had a psychological impact, and has been associated with ethical dilemmas, work overload, and occupational risk. Objective: To understand different problems affecting anesthesiologists, in particular with regards to professional ethics in the decision-making process, increased personal workload, and the potential risk in terms of their own safety and health, as a consequence of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Observational, descriptive, cross-sectional study. A survey was administered to anesthesiologists members of the Colombian Society of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation (S.C.A.R.E.), to enquire about work hours, occupational safety, prevention standards and strategies, and ethical aspects involved in decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results: 218 anesthesiologist participated in the survey. Most of the respondents felt that there was not a significant increase in their workload, except for those in critical care (42.5 %; n = 17). Most of the participants believe that leisure time is not enough. 55.96 % (n = 122) of the participants said they felt moderately safe with the biosecurity measures, but with a higher risk of contagion versus other practitioners, with 72.9 % (n = 159) responding that they used their own money to buy personal protection equipment (PPE). There was also evidence that one fourth of the respondents has faced ethical dilemmas during the resuscitation of SARS-CoV-2 - infected patients. Conclusions: The information gathered is a preliminary approach to the situation arising in Colombia as a result of the pandemic; it is clear that anesthesiologists perceive higher associated lack of safety due to different factors such as higher risk of infection, shortage of PPEs and burnout, inter alia. Hence we believe that it is fundamental to acknowledge the work of all anesthesiologists and understand the impact that the pandemic has had on this group of professionals.

Translated title of the contributionImpacto de la pandemia por SARS-CoV-2 en anestesiólogos colombianos. Estudio de encuesta
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1016
JournalColombian Journal of Anesthesiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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