Need to collect sample before they cough or sneeze: Doctor describes high risk job

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By: PTI | Aurangabad |

Published: April 28, 2020 9:58:20 am


Need to collect sample before they cough or sneeze: Doctor describes high risk job A health care provider working at a hospital for remedy of coronavirus sufferers right here in Maharashtra has revealed the robust job and challenges they face in gathering swab samples of the suspected sufferers. (PTI/File)

A health care provider working at a hospital for remedy of coronavirus sufferers right here in Maharashtra has revealed the robust job and challenges they face in gathering swab samples of the suspected sufferers.

The strategy of swab sample assortment of an individual doesn’t take greater than 30 to 40 seconds, however it’s a “high risk job”, Dr Pushkar Dahiwal, who collects 80 to 100 swab samples in a day on the authorities hospital in Aurangabad, advised PTI.

“We work for three days and then remain self-quarantined for 14 days,” he knowledgeable.

During the six-hour responsibility, docs have to preserve sporting the non-public protecting gear (PPE) and amidst the quick paced work, they don’t even get an opportunity to drink water, he stated.

“We need to finish the work in a short time to avoid contact with patients and also with those who come to give their swab samples,” the physician stated.

A 10 to 12 cm lengthy stick is used to collect sample from an individual’s throat, whereas the stick used for gathering sample from nostril is relatively longer and thinner, he stated.

“Before the person coughs or sneezes, we need to finish sample collection. Being a dentist, I have the practice of handling the patient’s mouth area,” he stated.

Dahiwal additionally stated that at occasions they want to counsel coronavirus suspects as a few of them suppose they don’t have the an infection, however carry a concern in thoughts.

“Some of the people think the test is something different and dangerous. But, we explain the procedure to them so that there should be no need to collect another sample of the person,” Dahiwal stated.

The nurse and different accompanying workers additionally want to keep alert because the swab samples are to be sealed instantly and saved in a correct storage facility, he stated.

“If the swab sample falls, it would be a problem. All these things have to be completed in a very short span of time. So, there is no scope for mistake,” he added.

Dahiwal additionally recalled that he took care of victims of the 26/11 terror assault in 2008 on the Saint George Hospital in Mumbai.

“I left the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai just 20 minutes before the attack began. At that time, we had fear the attackers may come from any side. That incident keeps coming to my mind every time when I collect swab samples of suspected coronavirus patients,” he stated.

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