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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 98-107

Knowledge attitude and practices of ultrasound safety in pregnancy among healthcare providers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: a survey study


1 Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt
2 Department of Radiological Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Medical Imaging Department, King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ahmed T ElOlemy
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Building (B), N0 (11), AlKholafaa AlRashdeen buildings, High way Tanta Alex st., Kohafa, Tanta
Egypt
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DOI: 10.4103/1110-1415.162445

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Purpose The present study aimed to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices of safety of ultrasound during pregnancy among healthcare providers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Materials and methods This cross-sectional descriptive survey was conducted in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia, between January and March, 2014. Six hospitals were selected randomly, one from each health sector in the kingdom. All Obstetrics and Gynecology physicians, Radiologists, General practitioners, family physicians, Sonographers, and nurse practitioners in the selected hospitals were the target of the study. They answered a questionnaire containing 30 items. Results Fifty-two percent of 685 respondents who completed the survey were nurse practitioners, 11.5% were sonographers, and 36.6% were physicians, most of them radiologists (n = 110/251). Sixty percent disapproved of keepsake ultrasound examinations. 75.9 and 84.7% of the respondents were not familiar with the term thermal index (TI) and mechanical index (MI), respectively. Only 7% of respondents knew the answer to the specific question on the TI and MI correctly, and 24.5% knew that TI and MI are displayed on the sonographic monitor during the examinations. In terms of Doppler examination, 38.2% never performed a Doppler examination during the first trimester, in contrast to 19.3%, who always performed it. Conclusion There was poor knowledge of ultrasound safety in pregnancy among healthcare providers: physicians, sonographers, and nurse practitioners. This lack of knowledge is an alarm signal for the health authorities; thus, there is a need for training programs for all healthcare providers. Most participants rarely performed a Doppler examination during the first trimester and did not advise nonradiology doctors to scan.


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