Clinical practice and barriers of ventilatory support management in COVID-19 patients in Saudi Arabia: A survey of respiratory therapists
Jaber S Alqahtani1, Yousef S Aldabayan2, Mohammed D AlAhmari3, Saad M AlRabeeah3, Abdulelah M Aldhahir4, Saeed M Alghamdi5, Tope Oyelade6, Malik Althobiani7, Ahmed M Alrajeh2
1 Respiratory Medicine, University College London, London, UK; Department of Respiratory Care, Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Respiratory Care Department, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Respiratory Care, Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
4 Respiratory Care Department, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Respiratory Therapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
6 Division of Medicine, University College London, London, UK
7 Department of Respiratory Therapy, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jaber S Alqahtani
Department of Respiratory Care, Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences, Dammam
Objective: This study was conducted to determine the clinical practice and barriers of ventilatory support management in COVID-19 patients in Saudi Arabia among respiratory therapists.
Methods: A validated questionnaire comprising three parts was distributed to all critical care respiratory therapists registered with the Saudi Society for Respiratory Care through the official social networks.
Conclusion: Ventilatory support management of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia was inconsistent with the global practice, lacked uniformity, and there was limited use of standard protocols/treatment guidelines. Shortage of staff and PPE, increased workload and insufficient training were the most prevalent barriers.