COVID-19: Pandemic surgery guidance
Björn L.D.M. Brücher, Giuseppe Nigri, Andrea Tinelli, Jose Florencio F. Lapeña Jr., Eloy Espin-Basany, Paolo Macri, Edouard Matevossian, Sergio Ralon, Ray Perkins, Rainer Lück, Rainer Kube, Jose MC da Costa, Yoav Mintz, Mesut Tez, Sixtus Allert, Selman Sökmen, Arkadiusz Spychala, Bruno Zilberstein, Frank Marusch, Mohammad Kermansaravi, Witold Kycler, Diego Vicente, Michael A. Scherer, Avraham Rivkind, Nelson Elias, Grzegorz Wallner, Franco Roviello, Lúcio Lara Santos, Raimund J.C. Araujo Jr., Amir Szold, Raúl Oleas, Marjan Slak Rupnik, Jochen Salber, Ijaz S. Jamall, Alexander Engel, for the Pandemic Surgery Guidance Consortium (PSGC)
Based on high quality surgery and scientific data, scientists and surgeons are committed to protecting patients as well as healthcare staff and hereby provide this Guidance to address the special issues circumstances related to the exponential spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during this pandemic. As a basis, the authors used the British Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance as well as recommendations from the USA, Asia, and Italy. The aim is to take responsibility and to provide guidance for surgery during the COVID-19 crisis in a simplified way addressing the practice of surgery, healthcare staff and patient safety and care. It is the responsibility of scientists and the surgical team to specify what is needed for the protection of patients and the affiliated healthcare team. During crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the responsibility and duty to provide the necessary resources such as filters, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consisting of gloves, fluid resistant (Type IIR) surgical face masks (FRSM), filtering face pieces, class 3 (FFP3 masks), face shields and gowns (plastic ponchos), is typically left up to the hospital administration and government. Various scientists and clinicians from disparate specialties provided a Pandemic Surgery Guidance for surgical procedures by distinct surgical disciplines such as numerous cancer surgery disciplines, cardiothoracic surgery, ENT, eye, dermatology, emergency, endocrine surgery, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pediatric surgery, reconstructive and plastic surgery, surgical critical care, transplantation surgery, trauma surgery and urology, performing different surgeries, as well as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and endoscopy. Any suggestions and corrections from colleagues will be very welcome as we are all involved and locked in a rapidly evolving process on increasing COVID-19 knowledge.