COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Oral Pathologists working in histopathology, cytology and hematology laboratories

Authors : Tabita Joy Chettiankandy, Tabita Joy Chettiankandy, Sanpreet Singh Sachdev, Sanpreet Singh Sachdev, Manisha Ahire Sardar, Manisha Ahire Sardar, Sarang Gautam Sonawane, Sarang Gautam Sonawane, Ankit , Ankit

DOI : 10.18231/j.achr.2020.048

Volume : 5

Issue : 3

Year : 2020

Page No : 219-223

Context: The personnel in histopathology, cytology and hematology laboratories are vulnerable to infection by tissue specimens and body fluids in the COVID-19 pandemic. This risk is essentially amplified for Oral Pathologists as they deal with tissues from oropharyngeal region which harbors high viral load. Thus, the pandemic has certain implications for modification in protocol to be followed in these laboratories.
The present study gauges knowledge, attitude and awareness of Oral Pathologists with respect to these
modifications required.
Materials and Methods: A self-constructed e-questionnaire comprising of 22 questions was validated and then circulated online with the aid of messenger applications and e-mails to the eligible participants. All the respondents pursuing a post-graduation course or academic faculty in the subject of Oral Pathology were considered as eligible. The data was analyzed based on age, gender, qualification, affiliation and years of experience for the Oral Pathologist-based survey using Chi-Square test.
Results: A relatively low knowledge was discerned amongst Oral Pathologists, regarding modifications required in various laboratory guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the respondents had a healthy attitude towards the preparedness and sustainability of their laboratory and its personnel.
Conclusion: Adequate knowledge and training with regards to modifications in protocol in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic is essential for safeguarding Oral Pathologists working in histopathology, cytopathology and hematology laboratories. A healthy attitude of Oral Pathologists towards laboratory and its personnel would ensure a safe and efficient work environment.

Keywords: Biosafety, Personal Protective Equipment, Guideline Adherence, Biopsy.

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