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Table 5 The practice of community pharmacists regarding safety

From: A cross-sectional survey on community pharmacists readiness to fight COVID-19 in a developing country: knowledge, attitude, and practice in Lebanon

Questions No   Yes  
Was any of your staff members tested positive for COVID-19? 310 (100%) 0
Did you put a sign outside to restrict patients inside the pharmacy to one only at a time? 103 (33.2%) 207 (66.8%)
Did you put a sign directing the patient not to enter the pharmacy in case of symptoms or exposure? 71 (22.9%) 239 (77.1%)
If yes, is this sign being read by patients? 62 (25.9%) 177 (74.1%)
Did you make hand gel (hydro-alcoholic) available for patients to use before approaching the counter? 52 (16.8%) 258 (83.2%)
Did you install a Plexiglas/Glass protective shield? 73 (23.5%) 237 (76.5%)
Do you restrict the number of patients’ entering the pharmacy 95 (30.6%) 215 (69.4%)
Do you deliver medications through a window while forbidding all patients/clients from entering? 193 (62.3%) 117 (37.7%)
Did you create any mark-up barrier for patients to stay away at least 1.5 m from you? 114 (36.8%) 196 (63.2%)
Are you wearing a mask while performing your job at the pharmacy 58 (18.7%) 252 (81.3%)
Are you required to wear a mask while performing your job at the pharmacy 86 (27.7%) 224 (72.3%)
Are you wearing gloves while performing your job at the pharmacy 112 (36.1%) 198 (63.9%)
Are you required to wear gloves while performing your job at the pharmacy 145 (46.8%) 165 (53.2%)
Are you wearing goggles/glasses to protect your eyes while performing your job at the pharmacy 249 (80.3%) 61 (19.7%)
Are you still working as a full team as before COVID-19? 69 (22.3%) 241 (77.7%)
If you are alternating schedule, were you asked to use vacation days? 248 (80.0%) 62 (20.0%)
Did you organize yourself in a way to serve your patients outside the community pharmacy? (delivery for example) 229 (73.9%) 81 (26.1%)
Do you prefer patients to pay by credit/debit card? 196 (63.2%) 114 (36.8%)
Are you using a basket to collect money from patients to avoid direct contact? 263 (84.8%) 47 (15.2%)
Did the working hours decrease for staff to decrease exposure? 225 (72.6%) 85 (27.4%)
Did the working hours decrease for pharmacy owners to decrease exposure? 231 (74.5%) 79 (25.5%)
Were rotations changed in a way to decrease exposure? 221 (71.3%) 89 (28.7%)
For how long do you put your face mask before changing it (hours)? 4.44 (3.74)
For how long do you put your gloves before changing them (hours)? 2.14 (2.22)
Additional questions Never Rarely Often Always
Are you able to wash your hands during your shift? 7 (2.3%) 20 (6.5%) 97 (31.3%) 186 (60.0%)
Are you able to rub your hands with hydro-alcoholic gel during your work shift? 2 (0.6%) 5 (1.6%) 73 (23.5%) 230 (74.2%)
Are you able to maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 m from patients 3 (1.0%) 21 (6.8%) 127 (41.0%) 159 (51.3%)
Are you able to maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 m from work colleagues 39 (12.6%) 99 (31.9%) 100 (32.3%) 72 (23.2%)
Are you able to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth? 11 (3.5%) 52 (16.8%) 137 (44.2%) 110 (35.5%)
Are you able to avoid close contact with people/patients with respiratory symptoms? 9 (2.9%) 22 (7.1%) 110 (35.5%) 169 (54.5%)
Are you able to stay home if not feeling well? 48 (15.5%) 58 (18.7%) 88 (28.4%) 116 (37.4%)