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Human resources and medical supplies consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic: a single-center study
Hye Jin Park, Yu Bin Seo, Jin Ju Park, Sun Hee Na, Jacob Lee
Kosin Med J. 2024;39(1):44-50.   Published online September 14, 2023
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7180/kmj.23.126
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Background
In the face of the unexpected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, every country has struggled with insufficient human resources and medical supplies. This study aims to provide the statistical information necessary for discussing how to model stockpiles of medical resources.
Methods
This study was conducted at the Hallym University Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, in South Korea. The study duration was 2 weeks, centered on March 16, 2022, when the number of daily confirmed patients with COVID-19 in Korea peaked. The number of human resources was obtained by counting the number of healthcare workers using CCTV. Drug prescriptions and medical device usage were obtained from electronic medical records.
Results
In total, 117 inpatients and 26,485 outpatients were managed at this hospital during the 2-week study period. Daily visits were highest among nurses in all units, followed by doctors and radiology technicians. The mean daily consumption of personal protective equipment (PPE) per bed was 4.3 sets in the intensive care unit (ICU), 1.8 in the semi-ICU, and 1.4 in the ward. Despite the four-fold difference in the number of patients, there was no statistically significant difference between the two wards in the number of daily visits. Drug prescription rates were higher among inpatients than at-home patients.
Conclusions
The higher the COVID-19 severity, the higher the consumption of PPE per patient. Among healthcare workers, nurses had the highest number of inpatient treatment visits for COVID-19. To efficiently utilize, PPE, structures containing more isolation beds in a single negative pressure isolation system would be preferred.
Percutaneous Needle Biopsy of Bone Lesions: Accuracy, Effective Accuracy, and Diagnostic Utility
Byung Kook Cheon, Jin Do Huh, Jong Min Kim, Kyung Seoung Oh, Gyoo Sik Jung, Yung Duk Joh
The Journal of Kosin Medical College. 1996;11(1-2):49-56.
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