International Panel Discusses Impact of Pandemic on Perioperative Nurses
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect those around the world, healthcare workers are beginning to assess the long-term implications of what happened on the future of the profession.
Publish Date: March 23, 2022
COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect those around the world, healthcare workers are beginning to assess the long-term implications of what happened on the future of the profession.

On Wednesday morning, an international panel presented on how the pandemic changed their work and affected their sense of security.

The panel shared their experiences of patient safety challenges caused by the pandemic.

In Finland, Jaana K. Perttunen, MSc, a Senior lecturer at JAMK University of Applied Sciences, says the lack of proper PPE in the beginning of the pandemic and the need to don it for COVID-19 patients led to a delay in treatment in certain cases.

“A Corona-positive emergency C-section patient doesn’t have surgery as quickly as a ‘regular’ C-section patient because donning the PPE takes more time,” she said.


Charmaine Betzema-Wagenaar, Project manager OR for MCL hospital in Burdaard, Friesland, Netherlands explained that in the early days of the pandemic, there was confusion and questioning in her country about the masking and lockdown rules.

“The problem in the Netherlands is, everyone knows better. ‘Why are there rules? What is the evidence for it?’” she said, noting the rules changed frequently in her country in the first few weeks after the first reported case.

Nurses around the world continue to feel the strain of the pandemic as new variants take hold on the population.

“It’s like [the movie] Groundhog Day,” French OR nurse May Karam, BSN, RN, IBODE, CCRN  said about the waves and variants of the pandemic. “It just starts and starts again.”

To hear more on how perioperative education is handled in their countries, how they have dealt with supply shortages, and how they deal with sick time for staff around COVID, you can access this session on-demand through Virtual Expo, beginning April 21.