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Optimizing the provision of a medical report on acute occupational disease of COVID-19 in healthcare workers

ISSN 2223-6775 Ukrainian journal of occupational health Vol.19, No 4, 2023


https://doi.org/10.33573/ujoh2023.04.239

Optimizing the provision of a medical report on acute occupational disease of COVID-19 in healthcare workers

Kapustnik V.A., Shcherban M.G., Melnik O.G.
Research Institute of Occupational Health and Occupational Diseases Kharkiv National Medical University, Kharkiv


Full article (PDF): ENG / UKR

Introduction. The Research Institute of Occupational Health and Occupational Diseases at Kharkiv National Medical University has received a targeted mandate to review materials from healthcare institutions related to the diagnosis of acute occupational diseases in medical workers due to COVID-19. This includes the subsequent approval of a medical opinion by the medical committee of the occupational diseases clinic.

Purpose. This study aims to analyze and showcase the experience of the occupational diseases clinic in its approach to reviewing and evaluating materials from healthcare institutions. Additionally, the study focuses on providing a medical opinion on the acute occupational disease of COVID-19 in medical workers.

Materials and methods. The study utilizes investigation results from healthcare institution commissions regarding COVID-19 cases among medical workers. Research methods include sanitary-epidemiological inspection reports, biochemical and clinical analyses of health status, and conclusions from occupational pathologists, occupational health doctors, and infectious disease specialists.

Results. The clinic has established a highly professional system for the individual and collegial review and evaluation of primary materials from healthcare institutions. This is done by a medical expert commission consisting of consultants – professional pathologists and hygienists, as well as experienced doctors with expertise in occupational diseases.

The algorithm for providing a medical opinion involves individual reviews by consultants, professional pathologists, and expert doctors. A collegial discussion takes place during a medical expert commission meeting, leading to the adoption of a medical opinion regarding the presence, absence, or impossibility of establishing a diagnosis of an acute occupational disease due to COVID-19 in a medical worker.

Conclusions. The morbidity dynamics among medical workers in the Kharkiv region align with the epidemiological trends of the development and decline of the coronavirus infection epidemic. Elevated morbidity levels among doctors, junior medical specialists, and other categories highlight the urgent need for increased attention to protection measures and the effectiveness of preventive measures for these medical workers.

Keywords: medical workers, medical commission, diagnosis for COVID-19, medical report.

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