Results of poll around the impact of COVID-19 on your work

At PodiatryInternational we would like to know how the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic affected your daily work as podiatrists or foot care practitioners. Are there areas of your work that were touched the most and did it affect your patient’s load? Looking forward to your feedback.

Some of the findings

Routine foot care was for the respondents the most affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Followed equally by surgery and biomechanics. Wound care was not designated as being affected by the outbreak.

7 to 12 months before the patients’ load will return

For ¾ of the respondents, they saw over 50% percent of your pre-COVID patient load in the last week. Many countries are suffering from a second wave of the pandemic but the replies give us a good idea that podiatrists, even if they didn’t recover completely, consult again in a good way. Following the survey, most of the respondents indicate that it will take another 7 to 12 months before the patients’ load will return to a level as before March 2020. One of the reasons for the reduced number of patients is the intensified disinfection between patients: “I see a patient every hour now to allow disinfecting after the 30min appointment. This has reduced the number of patients I see daily.”

No testing for COVID-19

In September 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) was calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have safe working conditions, the training, the pay and the respect they deserve.”

Even though COVID-19 has exposed health workers and their families to unprecedented levels of risk. Although not representative, data from many countries across WHO regions indicate that COVID-19 infections among health workers are far greater than those in the general population.

The respondents of our survey indicated that none of them were tested nor for the coronavirus nor for antibodies.

Telehealth the solution?

For over 75% of the respondent’s telemedicine isn’t the solution for the podiatric practice in general. Definitely, for a number of patients, this can help in the triage and categorization but at this point, technology isn’t yet enough advanced where providers can perform a more comprehensive wound assessment eg.

This week’s poll wishes to know wore about your continuous professional development and how CPD/CME works best for you. Give your feedback here before November 24: https://forms.gle/sXKzTDVho1yaLEUt9

In case you didn’t read the previous poll results about jobs and website: see here.

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