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General surgery and COVID-19: review of practical recommendations in the first pandemic phase.
Surg Today ; 50(10): 1159-1167, 2020 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-680791
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

In March, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The absence of previous knowledge of COVID-19 has made decision-making difficult for all in health care, including surgical departments. We reviewed the management recommendations for surgical activity and changes to surgical practice, identifying concordances and discrepancies, based on the literature published in the early phase of the pandemic.

METHOD:

We searched the electronic datasets, PubMed Database, Google, and Google Scholar, using the keywords "SARS-CoV-2", "COVID-19", "surgery", "recommendations", "guideline", and "triage". The search was limited to the first 2 months after the pandemic began and was closed on May 6, 2020.

RESULTS:

Twenty papers were included in the analysis and their recommendations are divided into the following categories 1. general aspects, such as maintaining the safety of health personnel and indications for surgery. 2. The preoperative phase, with recommendations about activating different care pathways for COVID-19 positive patients. 3. The operative phase, with recommendations about activating safety measures for aerosol-generating procedures. 4. The postoperative phase, with recommendations for managing operating theatres and patient transfers.

CONCLUSION:

The recommendations proposed in the revised documents are considered good practices aimed at keeping patients and healthcare professionals safe. However, these recommendations must be contextualized in each individual hospital.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type: Article Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / General Surgery / Cross Infection / Practice Guidelines as Topic / Elective Surgical Procedures / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Subject: Pneumonia, Viral / General Surgery / Cross Infection / Practice Guidelines as Topic / Elective Surgical Procedures / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Type of study: Etiology study / Clinical Practice Guide / Prognostic study / Risk factors Language: English Journal: Surg Today Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2020

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type: Article Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / General Surgery / Cross Infection / Practice Guidelines as Topic / Elective Surgical Procedures / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Subject: Pneumonia, Viral / General Surgery / Cross Infection / Practice Guidelines as Topic / Elective Surgical Procedures / Coronavirus Infections / Pandemics Type of study: Etiology study / Clinical Practice Guide / Prognostic study / Risk factors Language: English Journal: Surg Today Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2020