INTRODUCTION: There is worldwide concern over the psycho-emotional impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers (HCWs). This study aimed to elicit HCWs' perceptions of the adequacy of protective measures in high-risk clinical areas and the factors associated with these perceptions .
METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in April 2020 . An anonymous electronic survey was sent via email to operating theatre (OT) and intensive care unit (ICU) staff of Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore .
RESULTS: Of the 358 eligible participants , 292 (81.6 %) responded to the survey . 93.2% of the participants felt that precautionary measures at work were sufficient and 94.9% acknowledged that adequate training was provided . More than 60% of the participants opined that their chances of contracting COVID-19 were moderate to high . Female gender, nursing occupation and duration of service <10 years were significantly associated with increased fear of contracting COVID-19, less control over occupational exposure and lower perceived need to care for COVID-19 patients . Having young children at home did not significantly affect these perceptions . The most important ICU precautions were availability of personal protective equipment outside the rooms of COVID-19 positive patients (95.3 %) and having visitor restrictions (95.3 %). The most important OT measures were having a dedicated OT for COVID-19 positive patients (91.2 %) and having simulation as part of protocol familiarisation (91.7 %).
CONCLUSION: Overall, there was high confidence in the adequacy of COVID-19 protective measures to prevent healthcare transmission in Singapore . The pandemic had a lower degree of psycho-emotional impact on HCWs here as compared to other countries.